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Matthew McConaughey And The 'Dazed And Confused' Legacy

Matthew McConaughey - who turns 47 today - will forever be a cannabis icon thanks to his role as David Wooderson in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993). The Texas native didn't spend much time on screen in the film, but he stole the show with catchphrases like, "Alright, alright, alright."

In fact, Wooderson became so popular that he has lived on long after filming wrapped. Here are the top moments in the fictional character's legacy.

1. The Audition

When the Criterion Collection decided to re-release a special edition of Dazed and Confused, they gave fans a special treat by including McConaughey's audition tape in the special features. It's amazing to see how much the character developed from this raw take to the final product.

2. Wooderson and The Doors

During a 2011 interview on George Stroumboulopolous Tonight, McConaughey revealed the origins of Wooderson's catchphrase. He says he came up with "alright, alright, alright" on set after listening to a live album by The Doors. He also performed the famous line for Strombo. 

3. AFI Nomination

But it was another quote that got Wooderson nominated for the the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best quotes from 20th Century movies. The critics picked one of the lovable stoners sleazier lines from "Dazed."

"That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I keep getting older, they stay the same age," he says while hanging out at the pool hall in the film.

4. Clubbing on the Small Screen

In 2012, McConaughey played Wooderson in the music video for Butch Walker and the Black Widows' song "Synthesizers." The video features him strutting into a club, picking up a few girls and even playing the trumpet. Seriously.

5. Academy Award Speech

"Dazed and Confused" is not only one of McConaghey's best movies. It was also his first. So it's no surprise that he paid tribute to the film in 2014  when receiving an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. Toward the end of his award speech, he reprised the role that made him famous.

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