Watch Matthew McConaughey’s audition tape for ‘Dazed and Confused’

Matthew McConaughey

It’s pretty clear why he got the part.

Over 20 years ago, the comedy film Dazed and Confused hit theaters. Its fun romp through a party in the 1970s not only won over audiences, but also introduced them to a handful of actors who would go on to become ridiculously famous. This roster included Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich—and Matthew McConaughey.

While he may be a Hollywood A-lister today thanks to his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club as well as memorable roles in everything from The Wedding Planner to Interstellar, McConaughey was little more than a pretty face with a difficult-to-spell surname back in 1993. Nevertheless, he amused audiences with his turn as 20-something stoner David Wooderson, best known for the lines “That’s what I like about these high school girls: I get older, they stay the same age” and, of course, “All right, all right, all right.”

Now, McConaughey’s audition tape for Dazed and Confused has surfaced, affording his fans a rare glimpse at the earliest years of the superstar’s career.

He didn’t look too comfortable with his now-classic line, did he?

Compare it with the finished product.

BroBible has the backstory on how he landed the gig:

McConaughey actually got the part as a matter of chance. He said he was hanging out at a hotel bar in Austin, Texas, when he just so happened to run into Don Phillips, a casting director. The two did some drinking and quickly developed a bond. “Top of the Hyatt, Thursday night!” McConaughey said. “I went there because the bartender there gave me free drinks because he was in my film school class [at the University of Texas at Austin]. We got kicked out! We were really drunk. We were talking about a golf hole that we had both played and we were just so loud that management told us to leave.” Matthew sure knows how to make a first impression.

H/T Digg / Image via Denise Cross Photography/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Mike Fenn

Mike Fenn

Mike Fenn is a former contributor to the Daily Dot whose beats included Reddit, YouTube, and all things WTF. His work has also appeared in Forbes and News.com.au.