Matthew McConaughey says he’s spoken to True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto about possibly resurrecting Rust Cohle for another season…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
Matthew McConaughey was a force of nature during his eight-episode run as Rust Cohle on True Detective and it seems like the Oscar winner is willing to reprise the role under the right circumstances.
True Detective season one was hailed as one of the best television shows of the year and it earned McConaughey and co-star Woody Harrelson a slew of award nominations alongside show creator Nic Pizzolatto.
Unfortunately, True Detective season two failed to live up to expectations and there’s no word from HBO on a season three ever coming together, but McConaughey says he’s spoken to Pizzolatto about potentially resurrecting the character for another run.
“Yeah I would. I miss Rust Cohle. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. I miss watching True Detective on Sunday nights. I was a happy man when we made that for six months cause I was on my own island. Luckily, my wife put up with me. She said I was pretty nice when I came home,” McConaughey told the Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday.
“But yeah, I would. I’ve talked to Nick (Pizzolatto) about it. It would have to be the right context, the right way. That thing when I read it, I knew in 20 minutes if I can play this guy Rustin Cohle, I’m in.”
McConaughey said that seeing the world through Rust Cohle’s eyes for six months was one of the best experiences he’s ever had as an actor so reviving the character for another run of True Detective would be an easy sell on him.
McConaughey is currently promoting his new Civil War drama Free State of Jones, which lands in theaters on Friday, but he’d be more than happy to return to television for a show like True Detective.
It was a transformative part and McConaughey was masterful as the pessimistic detective, who often times spoke in soliloquies and long diatribes while dissecting anybody and everybody around him.
The eight episode run of True Detective was arguably one of the strongest single seasons in television history so it’s no surprise McConaughey would give up his film career for another six months to jump back into those shoes again.
“People have said ‘what about you going from the big screen to the small screen?’. That used to be sort of a little more taboo kind of idea to do — not anymore. Plus if it’s great quality, you’re actually getting better quality dramas on the small screen today, a lot better than you get on the big screen sometimes,” McConaughey said.
Considering the end of True Detective left both McConaughey’s Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart alive and well, it’s possible the two could team up again for another mystery.
HBO has stated that they want to continue working with Pizzolatto on another project even if it’s not True Detective, but a second season with McConaughey and Harrelson at the wheel would likely be welcomed by a ton of viewers who loved the first go round with those characters.