Throwback Thursday: 20 Things About 'Dazed and Confused' You Might Not Know

Yes, okay, we get it, technically the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Richard Linklater's seminal high school stoner opus "Dazed and Confused" was a few weeks ago. But who says the party has to stop?

Not us.

After all, the New York Film Festival is hosting a special screening tonight, boasting his Linklaterness himself, along with some of the flick's original cast members. If the Film Society of Lincoln Center says it's not over, it ain't over. After all, one of the things we love about 1993's "Dazed and Confused" is that we get older, but it stays the same age. Read on for 20 things you may or may not know about "Dazed and Confused."

1. The character of Wooderson was based on Matthew McConaughey's older brother.

"The first thing you ever told me," Linklater said to McConaughey onstage at a SXSW reunion, "was, 'I'm not this guy. But I know this guy'." That guy? "My brother as I saw him when I was 10 years old," McConaughey said. (via)

2. McConaughey revisited the role of Wooderson 19 years later, in the music video for Butch Walker's "Synthesizers."


3. The word "f**k" is said 59 times throughout the movie.


4. Stars Milla Jovovich and Shawn Andrews weren't just in a bf/gf situation onscreen -- the two also eloped in real life during filming. Jovovich's mom was none too pleased, however, and was able to get the still-underage actress' marriage annulled two months later.


5. Linklater: "It wasn't real marijuana, although the cast does admit to being stoned in several scenes, particularly at the very end."


6. Everyone has their tics, and Wiley Wiggins' is grabbing the bridge of his nose. He does it 42 times in the movie.

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7. Slater's luscious locks? Totally a wig.


8. That doesn't quite fit: In one scene, a man is seen on a motorcycle wearing a Misfits jacket. The movie takes place in 1976, but The Misfits didn't form until 1977.

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9. You may already know that the stars of the film designed their own paddles, but did you know that the sleeping teacher in the scene where they make them is a real teacher at the school they filmed at, and still works there?

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10. Gene Simmons, frontman of KISS, bought the vandalized KISS statues from the movie for his collection, then sold them at an auction in 2000 for $6,000.

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11. The word "man" is said 203 times in the movie.

12. Matthew McConaughey so believed in Wooderson's "just keep livin'" credo that he named his production company, JKL Productions, after it.

13. Renee Zellweger was given the uncredited non-speaking role of Nesi White after auditioning for a larger part.

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14. Approximately one-sixth of the film's reported $6.9 million budget was spent on acquiring music rights.

Linklater said that not only did he take the title from a Led Zeppelin song, but that it was important for him to use the music of his youth for the semi-autobiographical film: "It takes a full decade to process your teenage years. With that film I revisited music that had meant so much to me then." (via)

15. "Dazed and Confused" made only $8 million during its theatrical run, placing it firmly in the flop category. The weekend it opened, Macaulay Culkin's "The Good Son" won the box office with $12.5 million in its opening weekend alone.



16. Most of the beer drank in the movie was real, though those associated insist the minors didn't drink.

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17. The role of Benny, played by Cole Hauser, was originally going to be filled by Vince Vaugh. Linklater thought Vaughn looked to similar to Ben Affleck, so he switched to Hauser.

cole-hauser-vince-vaughn Linklater: "Vince hasn't spoken to me since." (via)

18. Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater and Richard Floyd are all real people -- high school classmates who tried unsuccessfully to sue Linklater after he used their names in his movie.

dazed-trio-560 The statute of limitations had expired by the time they brought their case. (via)

19. Wiley Wiggins, who played Mitch Kramer, had never thrown a baseball before and had to use a double for the pitching scenes.

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20. 20 years and still wanting more? Linklater has a "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed and Confused," which he has said could shoot soon.

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