As cult classic turns 25, take a look at the film’s many stars, then and now.
Matthew McConaughey is now one of the biggest stars in the world, and an Oscar winner for “Dallas Buyers Club,” but might never escape his first notable role. The character only had four lines until Linklater cast McConaughey. He then gradually expanded the role into one of the leads, and the actor has since co-starred in Linklater’s “Newton Boys” and “Bernie.” The character that spawned “Alright, alright, alright” will never be forgotten.
Adam Goldberg is now an in-demand character actor, perhaps best known for his roles in “Friends,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Fargo.”
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Jason London was never able to replicate his “Dazed” success, instead he appeared in a handful of films (“Zombie Shark”) and television episodes (“Major Crimes,” “Dallas”).
Joey Lauren Adams became the onscreen girlfriend every guy wanted during the ’90s, starring in “Mallrats” and earning a Golden Globe nomination for “Chasing Amy” (which also starred fellow “Dazed” alum Ben Affleck). More recently, she had an arc on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” and appears regularly in indie movies.
Parker Posey quickly rose to “Queen of the Indies” status after “Dazed,” and is now perhaps best known for co-starring in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind.” She’s also become a regular in Woody Allen movies like “Irrational Man” and “Cafe Society.”
Wiley Wiggins quit acting to become a video game designer, but still pops up in the occasional low-budget passion project.
It’s easy to forget that Ben Affleck‘s career started as the quasi-sadistic bully in “Dazed,” but the young actor from Boston used the role to spring into Hollywood.
Ron Slater: Rory Cochrane‘s career stalled after “Dazed” and the cult film “Empire Records,” but he has started a new phase as a character actor in mid-2000s shows like “CSI: Miami” and “24” as well as movies like “Argo” (directed by and starring Affleck) and “Black Mass.”
In a “blink and you’ll miss it” appearance, Renee Zellweger is basically a background character in her first film appearance, but would star the next year in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4” opposite fellow “Dazed” alum Matthew McConaughey. She went on to hits like “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Chicago” — and win an Oscar for “Cold Mountain.”
Anthony Rapp went on to originate the role of Mark in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent” and also appeared in “A Beautiful Mind,” sharing many scenes with his “Dazed” co-star Goldberg. Recent screen credits include “The Knick” and a string of indies. He also accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct.
Milla Jovovich would break out as a star just four years after “Dazed” with “The Fifth Element,” and would later lead the “Resident Evil” action franchise. She also appeared in “Zoolander 2.”
Shawn Andrews recently starred in “Fix” with Olivia Wilde, but is probably best known for marrying the underage Jovovich after “Dazed,” then annulling the marriage two months later.
Marissa Ribisi (the twin sister of Giovanni Ribisi) would go on to film appearances in “Pleasantville,” “Friends” and “Felicity.”