Matthew McConaughey’s “Dazed And Confused” Audition Tape Has Surfaced
I just wanna say how ridiculous it is how good looking Matthew McConaughey is at 23. Good Lord.
It is plainly obvious that no other person could possibly play David Wooderson, and the “Dazed and Confused” filmmakers realized that too. Good job guys for not letting him go.
How did a University of Texas junior get noticed by a Hollywood director you ask.
Before McConaughey’s run in with fame, the insanely laid back wannabe actor met the producer of “Dazed and Confused” at the Hyatt bar where McConaughey’s buddy used to bartend and give him free beer. That convo led to him charming his way to meeting DAC’s director Richard Linklater, which eventually led to this audition tape, which was released a couple days ago by the Criterion Collection.
Following “Dazed and Confused,” McConaughey graduated from UT then drove to Hollywood to become an actor, and defying absolutely every struggling actors sob story you’ve ever heard, the man booked two consecutive parts at his very first audition.
Here’s an example of how easy McConaughey had it:
For the second movie he tried out for, “Angels in the Outfield,” the part was for a baseball player. So McConaughey buys a hat from a 7/11, and walks into the audtion room and director, William Dear asks him, “Have you played any ball?” He replies in his amazing southern accent “For 12 years.” “You’re hired,” says Dear.
What I wouldn’t give to have that McConaughey charm.