Matthew McConaughey has recounted the audition that landed him the lead villain role in the 1994 horror movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. While Next Generation remains a black sheep in the slasher movie franchise and was met with an overwhelmingly negative reception, the film was a milestone for soon-to-be Hollywood superstars McConaughey and co-star Renée Zellweger. The Next Generation was McConaughey’s second high-profile film after 1993’s Dazed and Confused, and served as Zellweger’s first major role.
The Next Generation centers on a group of Texas teenagers who run into Leatherface, the notorious chainsaw-wielding murderer from the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, on their prom night. Zellweger plays Jenny, one of the teenage gang, while McConaughey plays Vilmer, a psychotic killer who, along with Leatherface, terrorizes Jenny and her friends. Both Vilmer and Leatherface are discovered to be part of a twisted family of murderers, the Slaughters, working on the instruction of a man named Mr. Rothman (James Gale).
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In an interview with THR, McConaughey recalled his bizarre audition for The Next Generation. The actor explained that he originally auditioned for a small, non-speaking role in the film and planned to move to Los Angeles immediately afterwards. After the meeting, however, McConaughey decided he wanted to try his luck at the lead villain and asked the director for an official audition on the spot, but had to improvise through it. He told THR: