Matthew McConaughey’s Dazed and Confused Audition Tape Surfaces: Watch Now!

Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused and in 2015
Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused and in 2015 Gramercy Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection; Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Alright, alright, alright: the origins story! Matthew McConaughey fans got a special treat on Monday, Jan. 12, when a video of the actor's original audition for the 1993 classic Dazed and Confused surfaced online. 

The vintage clip made its debut from The Criterion Collection, which released a special package of Golden Globe-winning director Richard Linklater's comedy about high school life in Texas. 

In his 20s at the time of the audition, McConaughey, now 45, appears cool and relaxed as he goes out for the part. The actor sports a head of blond surfer dude loose curls and wears a T-shirt from MTV's Headbangers Ball

Texas native McConaughey begins the video with a word that has now become synonymous with his name, muttering "Alright," as he grins and settles into a car scene. Playing David Wooderson, a 20-something still stuck in his high school days, McConaughey asks freshman Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins) "Hey man, you got a joint?" When the student responds that he doesn't, Wooderson famously laments, "It'd be a lot cooler if you did."

Later in the audition tape, McConaughey is shown reciting one of his most famous lines from the movie, which also starred Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck, and Jason London, among others. 

"That's what I love about these high school girls, man," he says as he leans against a wall. "I keep getting older, but they stay the same age."

Watch McConaughey's audition for his first feature film role in the video above!

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