Few shows have ever fallen from grace quite like Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology drama “True Detective.” Its dense storytelling was always polarizing to viewers, but the dynamite performances of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson turned the project into more of a damaged relationship study than your routine crime story, and it’s the major reason critics and audiences went crazy for it. Without these performers in Season 2, the convoluted holes in Pizzolatto’s writing became very clear, and the show essentially became a parody of itself and the laughing stock of Golden Age TV Drama.
Because of its abysmal second season, the possibility for a third go-around has been unclear, with recent reports claiming that it wasn’t going to be happening anytime soon. That could all change, however, thanks to a new interview on DirecTV’s “Rich Eisen Show” in which McConaughey reveals that he might not be finished with Rust Cohle just yet.
“I miss Rust Cohle, man,” McConaughey told the host. “I miss watching him on Sunday nights…I was a happy man when I made that for six months, because I was on my own island. Luckily my wife put up with me.”
The Oscar winner admits that walking in Cohle’s footsteps once more would require the “right context.” He told Eisen that he knew he wanted to play the renegade alcoholic within the first 20 minutes of reading the original script, and that there would have to be a similar connection this time around if he were to return to the acclaimed role.
Rust Cohle may have been one of the darkest and most complex TV characters of the modern era, but it’s clear that’s the kind of stuff McConaughey simply adores. The role certainly gave him a major awards boost as well, earning him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Whether or not he returns to the show remains to be seen, although he’s probably the only thing that could save “True Detective” at this point.