It's been 16 years since Shawn Andrews cracked up audiences as the teenager who tries but fails to throw a keg party at his parent's Texas home in 'Dazed and Confused.' Several indie films later, he's starring in ''Fix,' playing an adult struggling with heroin addiction who has a day to raise $5,000 to be able to enter rehab by that evening or go to jail for three years. He is aided by his documentary filmmaker brother (Tao Ruspoli, who captures it first person on film) and his brother's wife ('House' cast member and Ruspoli's real-life spouse Olivia Wilde). It's been 16 years since Shawn Andrews cracked up audiences as the teenager who tries but fails to throw a keg party at his parent's Texas home in 'Dazed and Confused.' Several indie films later, he's starring in ''Fix,' playing an adult struggling with heroin addiction who has a day to raise $5,000 to be able to enter rehab by that evening or go to jail for three years. He is aided by his documentary filmmaker brother (Tao Ruspoli, who captures it first person on film) and his brother's wife ('House' cast member and Ruspoli's real-life spouse Olivia Wilde).

Playing against the stereotype of the burnt out druggie, Andrews imbues his character with a certain playfulness and light-hearted spirit that belies his struggles to stay sober. The performance reflects real life, as the story was inspired by Ruspoli's brother and a crazy day they spent together trying to do what transpires in the film.

"It's definitely a character-driven piece," Andrews told Moviefone at the film's premiere in New York this past Saturday night. "I think each experience teaches you different stuff. This particular film combines being an independent film yet also being entertaining. A lot of the other movies I've done are almost like character study pieces from the 1970s. I have another movie coming out called 'Big Heart City' with actor Seymour Cassels, who is in [many] films by John Cassavetes. It was a real honor working with him, and that's a completely different movie. Hopefully as an actor everything that you do is completely different -- every movie, every role. I am very attracted to character-driven pieces, like that style of 1970s filmmaking where what drives the story is the character as opposed to a clever hook."

Since his film debut, Andrews has forged a career out of character-driven pieces like 'The Small Hours,' 'After The Flood' and 'City of Ghosts' with James Caan and Matt Dillon. "James Caan is amazing," gushes Andrews. "He's obviously an icon, but so is Matt Dillon. That was Matt Dillon's directorial debut. He went to Cambodia with an international cast. He wrote and starred in it. I really admire him and his career, from 'Over The Edge' to now."