The Dazed and Confused Cast: Then and Now

As the film turns 20, look back at the then-newbies who've gone on to become major stars

  • MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY photo | Matthew McConaughey
     photo | Matthew McConaughey

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Updated: Friday Mar 08, 2013 | 06:00 AM EST By: Kate Hogan, Jessica Herndon & Anne Lang

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

Then: The actor played David Wooderson, an older guy who hadn't quite moved on from high school. "The film kind of took off to another level when Matthew came aboard," Linklater said. "You could tell that [he] was someone special," Wiggins added.
Now: Also a father of three – and recently married to longtime love Camila – the former Sexiest Man Alive has found success in dramas, rom-coms and comedies. According to Linklater, McConaughey decided to skip law school in favor of acting after filming Dazed.