It’s hard to remember a time when Matthew McConaughey wasn’t a walking, talking, living, breathing legend. But, according to rumor and heresay, there was such a time. 1992, to be exact, when McConaughey was just one of a bajillion prospective film students at the University of Texas. In a year’s time, he would be a cult hero thanks to his turn as Wooderson in ‘Dazed & Confused’, but it was a role he might never have gotten if it weren’t for one (very) drunken golf story.
The scene, as it’s laid out in Melissa Maerz’s new book ‘Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused’, is this: Don Phillips, Hollywood casting agent (and legendary drinker), bellies up to the bar at the Hyatt Austin. It’s the summer of ‘92. Phillips is in town filling a few final roles for a film he calls “this generation’s ‘Fast