Everything you know about Matthew McConaughey, every Matt Damon impression, True Detective quote and shirtless meme you’ve seen for the last 10 years and through the McConaissance, all stems from Richard Linklater’s 1993 classic Dazed and Confused. As David Wooderson, it was McConaughey’s very first film role, and not only was he perfect casting, his performance and mannerisms in this very movie have defined his entire career. If you’re Daniel Radcliffe, you desperately want to shake your early perception. But if you’re McConaughey, you just keep livin’.
And now to see just how far he’s come, The Criterion Collection has dug out from the archives a brief video of McConaughey’s audition tape with actor Wiley Wiggins and casting director Don Phillips. Needless to say, it’s fantastic; he nails it just walking in the door, but I think he’d get more chicks if he took his shirt off.
Watch it below: