Just as 1983’s “The Outsiders” had a cast that would later go on to become Hollywood royalty, 1993’s “Dazed and Confused” introduced us to many actors who would go on to become beloved household names. The movie appeared to be a stoner-comedy on the surface, but the deeper themes of the film and its universally identifiable subtext made it a cult-classic. Richard Linklater’s direction introduced film lovers to a cast of actors that would go on to live in our hearts for years. So who all was in this coming-of-age classic and where would the stars and extras of “Dazed and Confused” wind up two decades after the film’s original theatrical release?
Matthew McConaughey as David Wooderson
Matthew McConaughey’s character, Wooderson, did not appear on screen for very long, but he certainly stole the show and gave viewers many quotable one-liners. The Texas-born actor went on to become a rom-com star and then re-invent himself during the McConaughssance, resulting in an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Ben Affleck as Fred O’Bannion
Were you introduced to Ben Affleck with his performance in 1997’s “Good Will Hunting”? Well, four years prior to the movie that earned him and Matt Damon the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Ben Affleck was portraying Fred O’Bannion in “Dazed and Confused.” Ben Affleck’s 2012 film “Argo” won him the Academy Awards for Best Picture.
Parker Posey as Darla Marks
Parker Posey’s very first credited role was as Darla Marks in “Dazed and Confused.” Parker Posey has gone on to star in many highly regarded independent films including, “Personal Velocity,” “The House of Yes,” and “Fay Grim,” just to name a few.
Joey Lauren Adams as Simone Kerr
“Dazed and Confused” was Joey Lauren Adams’ first major film role. The actress went on to notably appear in several Kevin Smith films including, “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy” with fellow “Dazed and Confused” alum Ben Affleck, and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” which also featured Ben Affleck.
Renee Zellweger as an Uncredited Extra
Renee Zellweger was an uncredited extra in “Dazed and Confused,” but she quickly catapulted to Hollywood stardom just a few years later, becoming a household name across the world. She later starred in box office hits like “Jerry Maguire,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Chicago,” and “Cinderella Man.”
Rory Cochrane as Ron Slater
Not long after “Dazed and Confused,” Rory Cochrane found himself starring in another ’90s cult-classic film, “Empire Records,” a movie where he memorably portrayed the character of Lucas. He later went on to appear in multiple episodes of “24” and “CSI: Miami.” In 2012, movie audiences saw Rory Cochrane in “Argo,” a film that reunited him with fellow “Dazed and Confused” cast member, Ben Affleck.
Jason London as Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd
Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd was the lead role in “Dazed and Confused” and Jason London played it well. While it is the actor’s most memorable role, he did go on to act in over 80 films and television shows in the 20 years after starring in Richard Linklater’s early-’90s classic. He might have also taken Wooderson’s advice to just keep livin’ just a little too literally.
Milla Jovovich as Michelle Burroughs
After a few minor TV roles, Milla Jovovich found her way to the silver screen via Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused.” In the years after her iconic performance, she landed a string of indie roles, but ultimately found fame in her starring roles in the “Resident Evil” franchise.
Adam Goldberg as Mike Newhouse
Adam Goldberg’s character famously said, “I wanna dance,” in 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” but he wound up becoming a competent working actor. Adam Goldberg’s most famous roles after his performance in “Dazed and Confused” were in the critically acclaimed box office hits “Saving Private Ryan” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
Cole Hauser as Benny O’Donnell
Cole Hauser later landed reoccurring parts in multiple small screen programs including, “ER,” “K-Ville,” “Chase” and “High Incident.” Prior to “Dazed and Confused,” Cole Hauser acted in “School Ties” with Ben Affleck and the two would later find themselves working together in “Good Will Hunting.” Cole Hauser also appeared in “The Fast and the Furious” series.
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