We could, on our own, diagram the ups and downs of
'Dazed and Confused'
" 'All right, all right, all right!' First thing I ever said on camera. I had 30 minutes to think about that scene. I'm like, 'Wooderson's about four things: his car, his weed, rock 'n' roll, women. I'm in my Chevelle. I'm high. Ted Nugent's on the radio. And here comes this hot, redheaded intellectual girl.' And I say, 'All right, all right, all right,' because I'm batting three out of four. And there's the girl. She's the fourth."
'A Time to Kill'
"That was sort of 'Hello. Welcome.' And then there was funny stuff like 'McConaughey Saves the Movies' on the cover of magazines. Hell, I wasn't trying to save anything. After 'Texas Chainsaw,' I just wanted to keep working, man."
"I had some success. Now I wanted to go for directors. [Robert] Zemeckis, 'Contact.' [
'The Wedding Planner'
"The romantic comedies? People liked them. I enjoyed what I called my 'Saturday characters.' Part of that work is keeping them buoyant. Man, to go get realistic in those … you'd kill them. 'Don't get real on us now. This is a fairy tale.' I enjoyed that. I liked the lightness they had."
'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
'We Are Marshall'
"I'd do movies like 'Marshall' and 'Two for the Money' that might look more like meter readers, and, as far as my stock in Hollywood, someone would go, 'He's got a [price] quote for a romantic-comedy, but he don't get that quote for [dramas]. You want to do that movie, you've got to take a pay cut for us to take a chance.' "
"This quiver of movies — 'Magic Mike,'