Matthew McConaughey Hilariously Reacts to 'Dazed and Confused' Audition Tape

Natalie Hines

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Matthew McConaughey starred in the 1993 comedy film, Dazed and Confused. Not only was he a blonde-haired smooth talker back then, but his hilarious present-day reactions to his early role prove that his iconic personality was a hit even back in the 90s.

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For the first time since he auditioned in 1992, McConaughey took a trip down memory lane by watching his old audition tape. Matthew reminisced on a role that he said was only ever supposed to be a "Little summer job." But, little did he know, the small part would quickly turn into a massively successful career.

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"You thought you might just have a little three-day job for a summer hobby. Twenty-eight years later, I've still got a little summer job that turned into a career," he said figuratively to his younger self. In the video, he had a smile from ear to ear. While watching the clip, he remembered small details about his role.

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For example, one of Matthew's iconic lines actually came as a result of playing David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused! While he had many quotable lines in the flick, his simplest still rings in the ears of many. Picture this: McConaughey rolls up in a car and says in his trademark voice: "Alright, alright, alright."

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As it turned out, that sentence was "The first three words [the actor] ever said on film," McConaughey explained to NBC News. Apparently, there was no script written for a scene with Matthew in his 1970 Chevelle, so, when he heard "Action!" called, he looked up and said his infamous line.

Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater admitted that Matthew wasn't initially a green light for the film. But, his ad-libbing talent and ability to transform into the character Linklater was looking for made for a memorable audition. One that McConaughey couldn't help but giggle at all these years later.

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With his hands clasped under his chin and a look in his eye of genuine happiness, he exclaimed, "Nice!" after the audition tape ended. He then recalled how nearly 3 decades earlier, the little gig he thought would be a short stint soon became his life and career. Alright, alright, alright, McConaughey, we see you!