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The Cast of Dazed and Confused: Where Are They Now?

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For people of a certain age, Dazed and Confused was as real to them as their own high school experience. Set in 1976, it told a timeless coming-of-age story that would forever define what it meant to be a teenager.

Now, 22 years later, its grown from a mirror on our lives to a nostalgic look back at a simpler time, when your parents going out of town meant freedom, and your dream of becoming a dancer was still alive. Still, if we ever start referring to those as the best years of our lives, remind us to kill ourselves. Also, it introduced audiences to actors like Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and the McConaissance himself. Let’s see where the cast of Dazed and Confused are today, shall we?

Jason London (Randall “Pink” Floyd)

Then: Jason London starred as the soulful quarterback Randall “Pink” Floyd.

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Now: Today Jason London is trying to get his life back on track, after a 2013 arrest for disorderly conduct and assault. In recent years he’s starred in films like 51 and Snow Beast.

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Syfy/After Dark Films/Courtesy Everett Collection


Anthony Rapp (Tony)

Then: Anthony Rapp starred as good-natured nerd Tony Olson.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Rapp is a Broadway star, after originating the role of documentary filmmaker Mark in the smash hit musical Rent. (He recently reteamed with fellow Rent alum Idina Menzel in the hit musical If/Then.) On the small screen, he’s popped up on shows like Kidnapped and Psych.

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YouTube


Wiley Wiggins (Mitch)

Then: Wiley Wiggins starred as freshman and nose pinching aficionado Mitch Kramer.

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Gramercy Pictures courtesy Everett Collection

Now: Today Wiggins is a videogame designer, who occasionally pops up in passion project films like 2013’s Computer Chess. He’s also the organizer behind Austin’s Fantastic Arcade.

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YouTube


Joey Lauren Adams (Simone)

Then: Joey Lauren Adams starred as the girlfriend every guy wanted, Simone Kerr.

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Dazed and Confused Gramercy Pictures courtesy Everett Collection

Now: Joey Lauren Adams has slowed down, after a ’90s heyday that peaked with Chasing Amy. She still works here and there, most recently on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.

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ABC


Milla Jovovich (Michelle)

Then: Milla Jovovich starred as mute hippie dream girl Michelle Burroughs.

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Everett Collection

Now: Who knew Milla Jovovich would be the first person you want to call during a zombie outbreak? After a successful career as a model, she broke out as an action star, carrying five entries in the Resident Evil series, with a final outing on the way.

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Rafy Screen Gems/ courtesy Everett Collection


Shawn Andrews (Kevin)

Then: Shawn Andrews starred as the scheming Kevin Pickford, who in typical high school movie form just wanted to throw a rager while his parents were away.

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Now: Andrews has turned up in smaller films like 2008’s Fix where he appeared opposite Olivia Wilde. He is perhaps most famous for marrying Dazed co-star Milla Jovovich, only to have the marriage annulled two months later.

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Mangusta Productions/Courtesy Everett Collection


Rory Cochrane (Slater)

Then: Rory Cochrane starred as Ron Slater, the loveable pontificating stoner we all went to high school with.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Cochrane is a staple on our televisions, recently recurring on CSI: Miami and 24. His old Dazed co-star Ben Affleck also brought him back to the silver screen in the Oscar-wining film Argo, and horror fans might have noticed him in Oculus.

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John Estes, Relativity Media courtesy Everett Collection


Adam Goldberg (Mike)

Then: Adam Goldberg starred as neurotic nerd Mike Newhouse.

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Gramercy Pictures/FanPop

Now: Today Goldberg is a go-to character actor, recently standing out as hired gun Mr. Numbers on FX’s acclaimed series Fargo.

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FX/Zap2It


Marissa Ribisi (Cynthia)

Then: Marissa Ribisi starred as geeky third wheel Cynthia Dunn.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today the sister of Giovanni Ribisi is married to rock star Beck, spending more time raising their two kids than focusing on acting.

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Sara Cozolino/Everett Collection


Cole Hauser (Benny)

Then: Cole Hauser starred as bully Benny O’Donnell.

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Now: Cole Hauser is a true workman actor, appearing in everything from studio movies like Olympus Has Fallen and Transcendence to bizarre cash grabs like Jarhead 2: Field of Fire.

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Warner Bros. Pictures courtesy Everett Collection


Ben Affleck (Fred O’Bannion)

Then: Ben Affleck starred as a freshman’s worst nightmare, Fred O’Bannion.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Ben Affleck is Batman. After a brief exile from Hollywood’s good graces, he has burst back on the scene as an Oscar-wining director, and the star of last year’s hit film Gone Girl.

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.


Parker Posey (Darla)

Then: Parker Posey starred as the queen bee of Lee High School who had a fondness for giving freshmen spontaneous “air raids.”

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Parker Posey is taking a victory lap as the “Queen of Indies,” having appeared in films like Best in Show and Highland Park. Most recently she turned up on Portlandia as a style maven.

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Augusta Quirk/IFC


Matthew McConaughey (David Wooderson)

Then: Matthew McConaughey starred as every mother’s worst nightmare, David Wooderson. (Watch his audition for Dazed and Confused here.)

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Gramercy Pictures courtesy Everett Collection

Now: In case you’ve been in a foggy haze since 1993, you’re aware that Matthew McConaughey is one of the biggest stars in the world. He can be seen traveling through outer space or driving a Lincoln into your dreams. Either way, his quasi-philosophical stoner vibe has remained frozen in amber, after first being perfected in Dazed and Confused. (He brought Wooderson back for a 2012 Butch Walter music video.) When we watch Wooderson these days, we have to marvel at how we may get older, but he stays the same age.

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Vevo


Sasha Jenson (Don Dawson)

Then: Sasha Jenson starred as the floater who fit in with the jocks and the stoners, Don Dawson.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Today Sasha Jenson is out there somewhere, living a quieter life. He occasional pops up in random TV and film roles, but for the most part has disappeared. Sasha, if you’re out there, let us know how you’re doing. In the meantime, here’s his audition tape for Dazed and Confused:


Richard Linklater

Then: Dazed and Confused was Linklater’s second film, following his Sundance film festival breakthrough Slacker.

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Gramercy Pictures

Now: Linklater is one of the most acclaimed and prolific filmakers working today, thanks to the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight series and the recent awards season favorite Boyhood.

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FilmBuff/Courtesy Everett Collection

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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