A Slacker’s Story

She’s unforgettable. It’s difficult to stand out in a cast of dozens of eccentrics, weirdos, and armchair philosophers, but Teresa Taylor is one of the true MVPs of Richard Linklater’s independent breakthrough, Slacker. Identified in the credits only as ”Pap smear pusher,” the character, seen hawking an odd commodity on the streets of Austin, was the invention of Taylor herself, who was once best known as the drummer for the punk band Butthole Surfers. In this clip, featuring Linklater’s commentary, learn about the inspiration for this singularly bizarre scene, which gave the film its iconic figure.

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