Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. — Alfred Whitney Griswald
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Matthew McConaughey tells Terry Gross about landing the part of Dave Wooderson in Dazed and Confused:
I met the casting director Don Phillips on that film in a bar one night. Top of the Hyatt, Thursday night, with my girlfriend at the time. … [W]e went to that bar because I knew the bartender and he’d give me free drinks and … — he was in film school with me — he goes, ‘The guy at the end of the bar is a producer,’ … [and so] I went down to introduce myself. Four hours later, we’re kicked out of the bar and he says, ‘You ever acted before?’ I said, ‘Man, I was in a Miller Light commercial for about ummm that long,’ and he goes, ‘Well, you might be right for this role. Come to this address tomorrow morning, 9 o’clock.’ … And I went down there six hours later and there was a script with a handwritten note on top of it and it had this character’s name was Wooderson. He had a few great, great lines. … The one that sent me off and I was just like, ‘Who is this guy?’ is when they’re out front of the billiards joint and the ladies are walking by. Wooderson’s checking them out … and Wooderson’s like, ‘That’s what I like about those high school girls, man, I get older, but they stay the same age.’ That was the piece for Wooderson that I was like, ‘That’s not a line that’s his being. That’s his philosophy. He has it figured out. He’s not commentating.’”
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