The Film That Launched a Thousand Faces
We exaggerate, but not by much. Scads of young actors made their first impression in Dazed and Confused -- Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Cole Hauser, Milla Jovovich. Squint hard and you'll even see Renée Zellweger briefly as one of the senior tormentors. Here are some of our favorites from the Class of '93.
Graduated to: A Time to Kill, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, wrestling dragons in Reign of Fire
Signature Line: "That's what I love about these high school girls. I get older, they stay the same age."
Played: bully O'Bannion
Graduated to: Good Will Hunting, two franchises, one half of Benifer
Signature Line: "Y'all ready to bust some ass?"
Played: star quarterback Randall "Pink" Floyd
Graduated to: I'll Fly Away, Dracula II: Ascension
Signature Line: "If I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself."
JOEY LAUREN ADAMS
Played: Pink's girlfriend Simone
Graduated to: Chasing Amy, Big Daddy
Signature Line: "Fry, you little freshman piggies, fry!"
Played: greaser Clint Bruno
Graduated to: Boston Public, Full Frontal, The Way of the Gun
Signature Line: "I only came here to do two things tonight: kick some ass and drink some beer. Looks like we're almost out of beer."
Graduated to: Party Girl, Waiting for Guffman
Signature Line: "Lick me, all of you."
Played: stoner Slater
Graduated to: Empire Records, C.S.I.: Miami
Signature Line: "George Washington, man, he was in a cult, and that cult was into aliens, man. You didn't know that?"
Played: Mike Newhouse
Graduated to: Scotch and Milk, A Beautiful Mind
Signature Line: "I'm just trying to be honest about being a misanthrope."
Played: Cynthia Dunn
Graduated to: Kicking and Screaming, Don's Plum
Signature Line: "I'd like to quit thinking of the present -- like, right now -- as some minor, insignificant preamble to something else."
Played: Nesi White
Graduated to: Down With Love, Chicago, Bridget Jones's Diary
Signature Line: Her lips are sealed: Zellweger landed her first big speaking role a year later with McConaughey in Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.