I think we can all agree that Dazed and Confused is a classic. I’ve watched it with several people, all different ages, and every single one of them loved the movie. It was released 25 years ago, but it could have been released today and been just as successful.
One of the most memorable roles in the movie was Matthew McConaughey’s David Wooderson. It was the role that made McConaughey a legit star.
Would you be surprised to learn that he almost didn’t get it? The director of the movie, the talented Richard Linklater, did not think McConaughey was right for the part when he first saw him.
“When I first met Matthew, he came in and he’s, like, this really good-looking, clean-cut guy, and that threw me off, cause I never saw Wooderson like that. I was, like, ‘No, you’re not right for this part.’ I’m thinking this after just meeting him, and he looked at me, and he goes, ‘Hey, I’m not this guy, but I know this guy. I know this guy.’”
And so he auditioned and Linklater was blown away. He became Wooderson just like that, and if you don’t believe him, watch McConaughey’s audition tape below…