Richard Linklater had to fight Universal to make "Dazed & Confused" his way: "I still have PTSD"

"I didn’t take any of their dumb ideas," Linklater says about his contentious relationship with Universal

By Zack Sharf

Published June 12, 2019 5:15PM (EDT)

"Dazed and Confused" (Gramercy Pictures)
"Dazed and Confused" (Gramercy Pictures)

This article originally appeared on IndieWire.

Richard Linklater writes in a short essay published on The Guardian that he’s still experiencing PTSD from filming “Dazed and Confused.” The director’s coming-of-age movie is considered one of the defining American independent films of the 1990s, and it made stars out of young actors like Matthew McConaughey and Parker Posey. While the film has become a stoner classic that many young viewers idolize, Linklater writes that was not his original intention.

“I thought the 1970s sucked,” Linklater writes. “‘Dazed’ was supposed to be an anti-nostalgic movie. But it’s like trying to make an anti-war movie — just by depicting it, you make it look fun. I wanted to do a realistic teen movie — most of them had too much drama and plot but teenage life is more like you’re looking for the party, looking for something cool, the endless pursuit of something you never find, and even if you do, you never quite appreciate it.”

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