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Watch a 20-something Matthew McConaughey audition for his breakout role in Dazed and Confused

Published Jan 13th, 2015 9:30PM EST

20 years before he won his first Academy Award for Best Actor, Matthew McConaughey had his breakout role playing David Wooderson, a somewhat creepy 20-something guy who still loved hanging out with high schoolers in the film Dazed and Confused. Now a new video of the young McConaughey auditioning for the film has surfaced and it really shows how he had the role nailed pretty much from the start.

McConaughey’s Texas drawl fit perfectly for the character, especially when he delivered the classic sleazeball line, “That’s what I love about high school girls — I keep getting older but they still stay the same age.”

After this film, McConaughey would win wide acclaim for his starring role in A Time to Kill and since then has become one of Hollywood’s most consistently great actors who is best known for his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club and for starring alongside Woody Harrelson in HBO’s True Detective.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.