Matthew McConaughey's 'Dazed and Confused' Audition Tape is the Most McConaughey Thing to Ever McConaughey
If you ever wanted proof that McConaughey *is* Wooderson (and vice versa), this is it. By Jared Jones It is often said that the greatest actors don't act at all, really, but rather bring certain (enhanced) aspects of their own personality into the character they are portraying — prime examples of this being Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, John Wayne in everything, and Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused. With his perpetually laid-back vibe and penchant for stony anecdotes, McConaughey *is* Wooderson and vice versa, hence why the actor will always be looked at through the lense of his first defining role. Perhaps to confirm our long-running and well-backed suspicions about McConaughey the person, the Criterion Collection decided to release his original audition tape for Dazed and Confused yesterday. It is without a doubt the most McConaughey thing to ever McConaughey. According to FilmDrunk, the then-23-year-old McConaughey only wound up in Dazed and Confused after meeting the film's casting director at the Hyatt bar where "McConaughey’s buddy used to bartend and give him free beer." My guess is that said director took one look into McConaughey's steely blue, glazed over eyes and instantly knew that everything was going to be all right, all right, all right. Check out McConaughey's audition tape above, which features his now infamous "high school girls" line and even an appearance by future Dazed and Confused co-star Willy Wiggins. Willy Wiggins. With a name like that, it's a shame that kid's career never took off.