As strange as it sounds it has been almost quarter of a century since the cult classic Dazed and Confused was released in 1993. This high-school comedy provided several Hollywood mainstays with their breakthrough roles. The movie explores the coming-of-age theme in mid-1970s Texas.
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The movie which borrows its title from a Led Zeppelin song is today considered one of the best high-school films ever made. It has made it on many Best Of lists over the years, and as time passed its appeal has only grown.
So let’s take a look what happened with what would today be considered a star-studded cast.
1. Ben Affleck
Long before he became Will Hunting’s cool sidekick, Ben Affleck portray the Fred O’Bannion who was kind of a jerk.
Ben Affleck won three Oscars with Argo in 2012.
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2. Adam Goldberg
Adam Goldberg played Mike Newhouse, a neurotic teen who finally decides to party… to disastrous consequences.
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This film put Goldberg on the map and paved his way to projects like Saving Private Ryan and A Beautiful Mind.
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3. Wiley Wiggins
Wiley Wiggins played Mitch Kramer – a freshman just discovering the nice and ugly sides of high school.
Wiggins still acts, but nowadays his forte is writing and video game programming.
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4. Michelle Burke
Michelle played Jodi Kramer, Mitch’s older sister who vouches for her little brother.
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Michelle is widely remembered as Dan Aykroyd’s daughter in The Coneheads.
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5. Rory Cochrane
He played Slater – a typical pothead. His character ultimately became somewhat of a poster child for the film.
Rory recently appeared alongside Johnny Depp in Black Mass.
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6. Matthew McConaughey
This is the one that didn’t need a dialect-coach for this movie. Matthew played David Wooderson in his first big film role and he surely made his mark, not least with the “Alright, alright, alright…” quote.
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McConaughey, after a mixed bag of movies in the 1990s has evolved into one of the world’s most popular actors, winning an Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club.
7. Jason London
London portrayed Randall “Pink” Floyd (sic!). Pink was a high school junior and the star of the football team.
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A wasted talent, in a way. At the time Dazed and Confused came out he was touted as a future star. It didn’t quite pan out that way, with Jason mainly appearing in minor roles and mediocre productions. He also had a run-in with the law back in 2013, after participating in a bar brawl.
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8. Marissa Ribisi
Giovanni Ribisi’s sister played Cynthia Dunn, Mike and Tony’s ginger friend.
Marissa actually gave up acting back in 2001. She’s married to Grammy Award winning artist Beck.
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9. Anthony Rapp
The actor Tony Rapp played the loveable, soft-spoken, nerdy Tony Olsen.
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Rapp’s most memorable role is Mark in the adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent.
10. Milla Jovovich
Bombshell Milla played weed-loving Michelle Burroughs.
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Beside acting, the Ukrainian born beauty has carved out a reputation as one of the most famous models in the world.
11. Sasha Jenson
Sasha played Don Dawson – Pink’s pal who introduced Mitch to booze and dope.
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Sasha Jenson’s last notable role was back in 2003 in the film Grind.
12. Parker Posey
Parker Posey played Darla, a sassy but popular senior.
Posey has since gone into improvisational acting and has appeard in several of Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries.
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13. Joey Lauren Adams
Simone Kerr was a sweet blonde cheerleader portrayed by debutant Joey.
You’ve seen Adams in films such as Big Daddy, The Break Up and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. She definitely wasn’t confused in those.