Matthew McConaughey’s career has recently reached a new level. In the past year alone, the actor – once known for rom-coms and saying “All right, all right, all right” – won an Academy Award for his performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club and had a critically-acclaimed turn in HBO’s True Detective.Though McConaughey has moved on to star in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, True Detective will continue on new characters in a new location. Yet, with showrunner Nic Pizzolatto still writing season 2, there’s always potential for the plan to change. And since McConaughey and Harrelson’s performances were an undeniable driving force behind the series’ popularity, a return for either character would likely go over well with audiences.
In a recent interview with Deadline, McConaughey discussed why he first agreed to True Detective and how he was initially considered for the role that ended up being Harrelson’s. He also touched on the subject of season 2 and whether or not he’d be up for returning to the show.
In the beginning, one season was all he had ever considered:
“That was always how I saw it. One season, eight episodes, a finite beginning, middle and end, goodbye, look forward to watching it. If HBO had wanted an option on me for a season 2 or 3, I wouldn’t have done it. I wouldn’t have walked into something where they could say, ‘We’ve got you for the next three years.’ “
However, a return to playing Rustin “Rust” Cohle isn’t something he’s entirely ruled out:
“I liked ‘True Detective,’ the whole series and the experience of making it, so much that I’d be open to doing another one now. At the time, I was looking at six months and not beyond that. I don’t know of a feature film I’d sign for where I’m going to say, ‘If this works, you’ve got me whenever you want me for the next three years.’ “
So he’s up for returning, but apparently only on his terms. Not that you can blame an actor who primarily works in film – something Deadline also asked about, with McConaughey insisting he doesn’t see much difference between acting on a television and acting in films - and has to maintain an open schedule in order to book upcoming projects. Being tied to a series for three years or more would simply be out of the question.
But a return to True Detective during its second season (or further down the line), even for only a few episodes? That’s a possibility. Assuming, of course, McConaughey’s ever-growing popularity doesn’t find him too in demand.
What do you think are the chances Matthew McConaughey will return for more True Detective? Are you even interested in more True Detective without McConaughey and Harrelson? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
We’ll keep you updated on True Detective season 2 development as more details become available.