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Matthew McConaughey’s audition tape for Dazed and Confused is something you need to see

on January 13, 2015, 1:00pm

Ready for a blast from the past? Footage from Matthew McConaughey’s audition for Richard Linklater’s 1993 film Dazed and Confused has surfaced online, proving that “time is a flat circle” and that the Oscar-winner has always been and always will be a goofy, charming southerner. The clip arrives courtesy of the Criterion Collection, taken from its new special edition DVD/Blu-ray reissue of the film.

In the clip, McConaughey and then-young actor Wiley Wiggins share lines about scoring weed. While the two would be playing characters in the late ’70s, the clip here couldn’t be more ’90s, thanks to McConaughey’s Headbangers Ball t-shirt and his gnarly haircut. Regardless, this performance won over Linklater, who would cast both actors as David Wooderson and Mitch Kramer, respectively.

Dazed and Confused was of course a breakout role for McConaughey, who has since starred in 37 films, including last year’s Academy Award-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Wiggins, meanwhile, was last seen in Andrew Bujalski’s hilariously underrated indie comedy Computer Chess. As for Linklater, he’s been in the spotlight this past year for his critically-acclaimed drama, Boyhoodwhich bought the filmmaker his first Golden Globe wins for Best Director and Best Motion Picture, Drama.

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