Matthew McConaughey Reveals How His Famous 'Dazed and Confused' Catchphrase Came to Be
By Liz Calvario
Matthew McConaughey's life forever changed after Dazed and Confused. It's been 27 years since the cult classic was released, but people will never forget the actor's iconic character and famous catchphrase.
"The first three words I ever said on film," he recalls. "There was not a word written for that entire scene. That’s what [David] Wooderson is about, his car. And I said, 'Well, I'm in my 1970 Chevelle. There's one.' I said, 'Wooderson's about getting high.' I said, 'Well, Slater's riding shotgun and he's always got a doobie rolled up.' I said, 'Wooderson's about rock and roll.' I said, 'I got Ted Nugent's Stranglehold in the 8-track. Here's three.' And then I heard, 'Action,' and I looked up: 'Aright, alright, alright.'"
After all these years McConaughey doesn't mind people quoting the line to him. "I hear it, I get pictures, people have it tattooed in very sensational places on their body," he says.
Dazed and Confused was one of his first films, and just three years later he scored his big break in 1996's A Time to Kill.
"That was the role that, at that time I didn't know if it was going to be a hobby or something I was doing for the summer, and it turned out to be a career," he recalled. "That's where it all started and I always look back to that one."
McConaughey, of course, continued to act and become a rom-com heartthrob, starring in The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past among others.
In 2014, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.