At this point in his career, Matthew McConaughey has established himself enough in Hollywood that people recognize him from dozens of roles, whether gripping law dramas, romantic comedies or would-be blockbusters. However, speaking to the one iconic role for which many film fans remember him and approach him for, McConaughey said that nothing beats the recognition he receives for his big screen debut as smooth-talking David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused.”
When MTV News caught up with the actor recently during the press day for his new film “The Lincoln Lawyer,” he revealed that the fans of Richard Linklater’s nostalgic look at life as a teenager in the ’70s are the coolest.
“You got Dazed & Confused fans who love Wooderson. They’re the coolest fans,” he said. “They never really want me to sign anything, but they love to come by and say half of one line I said [in the film], and I’ll throw the other half out … sometimes just in passing, and then I’ll start laughing and they’ll hear me laughing and we never even really caught eyes.”
McConaughey’s character had some of the best lines in the film. The “I love those redheads” line is a personal favorite, since I am one, and while we’re on the subject, here are a few more classic Woodersons that come to mind: “All right, all right, all right,” “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age,” and “Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.”
McConaughey went on to say that those fans, as well as the film itself, hold a special place in his heart.
“Those are great fans,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “They’ll walk by and just say half a line or just say something and I’ll respond as I did in the movie.”
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