Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey revealed during a 2011 interview that his ‘Dazed and Confused‘ character’s catchphrase “Alright, alright, alright,” wasn’t in writer-director Richard Linklater’s screenplay.
Reflecting on the experience, which was his first major film role, he recalled, “So we go up to the set. I get in the car ’cause I’m nervous. First scene ever on film. And right before we’re about to shoot I’ve got friends in the car and I had been listening to this live Doors album and in between two of the songs Morrison goes, ‘Alright! Alright! Alright! Alright!”
Mulling his approach to a scene in which Wooderson would be “trolling for chicks,” McConaughey continued, “So right before before we’re about to go I go, ‘What is Wooderson about?’ And I go, ‘He’s about four things: He’s about his car, he’s about gettin’ high, he’s about rock ‘n’ roll and pickin’ up chicks.’ I go, ‘I’m in my car, I’m high as a kite, I’m listenin’ to rock ‘n’ roll…’ Action… and there’s the chick. Alright, alright, alright… three out of four.”