15 Things You Didn’t Know About Dazed and Confused
It doesn’t matter that 22 years have passed. Dazed and Confused is still the film to watch when you’re aching for school to get out, or you’re celebrating the “last day” of anything. There is a wealth of “Did You Know…” that spilled forth from the making of this film, including on-set rivalries, romances and how 15 percent of the film’s entire budget was spent securing rights for the soundtrack. For fans who’ve loved the film since 1993, or for newbies who have recently enjoyed their first viewing, here are 15 fun facts about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.
15. Everyone Auditioned
There was a quiet industry buzz about Dazed and Confused. The word was out about a talented young director in Texas,who was making a film — a love letter to the high school experience in the mid-1970s — and agents sent out some of their best young talent in the early 1990s. Ashley Judd, Vince Vaughn, Renee Zellweger and Claire Danes all auditioned for roles that eventually went to others. Vince Vaughn read for a couple of roles, and might have been cast as Benny if he didn’t closely resemble Ben Affleck, who had booked the role of O’Banion. Claire Danes was deemed “too classy” to portray Sabrina (then she went on to book My So-Called Life), and Renee Zellweger was eventually cast in a non-speaking role. She is most easily seen as a senior, hazing the incoming freshman class.
14. Top Notch Burger
Top Notch Burger is a genuine, Austin, Texas, hamburger drive-in that has been a local staple since 1971. The owner, who took over the restaurant from his father decades ago, passed away in 2008, leaving the business without marketable leadership. Top Notch closed for a short while, but re-opened in 2009, and has become a beloved, local hangout and growing tourist trap. This drive-in style burger joint is famous for cooking their burgers over charcoal, and serving up fries and shakes delivered by carhops. In addition to serving as a setting in 1993’s Dazed and Confused, it was also seen in the 1999 high school football flick, Varsity Blues.