Matthew McConaughey Open to a ‘True Detective’ Return

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Matthew McConaughy Open to a True Detective Return Matthew McConaughey Open to a True Detective Return

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.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in True Detective Season 1 Episode 4 Matthew McConaughey Open to a True Detective Return

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.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Well, alright, alright, alright!!

    • Lol. You just won the ‘comment of the week’ award..

  2. I’d be all for it maybe in seasons 3 or 4.
    He was great, phenomenal and many other adjectives in season 1 and Rust Chole ranks high among my favorite TV characters of all time but I only want to see the character again if the story calls for it and Nic Pizzolatto can come up with something worthy.

    I don’t want him shoehorned in just because. Kind of like how I feel about the talk of Walter White showing up on Better Call Saul.

  3. Based on some of his shenanigans in season 1, at very least he’s a police legend. Someone could just mention him as that crazy undercover.

  4. There is no reason he couldn’t play a different character, either. TD was a wonderful series, I’m looking forward to the next mini.


    • The show was great but everything that happened was invalidated by a simple photo at the end. All the big conspiracy hoopla and they just had to correlate a photo of an unpainted house to the killer in the final episode.

      Something they could have done the first day.

      • The series was more of a character study than it was about the case.


      • It just so happens that some of the biggest cases have been solved in the same manner, so it’s not implausible or unbelievable. They even hinted in dialogue earlier on that this was what would happen… not to mention the conspiracy wasn’t invalidated, it was once again covered up and, if you’ll excuse the reference, painted over in the end.

        Like Bri said, it was more a character study, with a heaping of philosophical musings and some amount of social commentary.

        Many larger cases don’t get wrapped up with nice pretty bows, even after they get their man.

  5. As much as I loved his performance and his character, I think he should stay away now. They could run the risk of characters becoming more popular than the show and end up ruining a good thing by bowing down to that pressure to shoe-horn a character or an actor in and having it overshadow the story they’re meant to be telling.

    This is why I’m glad John Simm never returned as Sam Tyler in the Life On Mars spin-off to explain how he ended up in the 70s because Ashes To Ashes worked brilliantly with a female co-star alongside Philip Glenister’s DCI Gene Hunt with a simmilar mystery about ending up in the 80s.

    • Ashes to Ashes had quite possibly one of the worst series endings ever.

      • How so?

        I thought it was brilliant. I won’t say more in case others here haven’t seen it but it’s far better than the US version of Life On Mars ending to reveal that Sam Tyler was an astronaut on a one way trip to Mars who was hallucinating/dreaming the entire show because his cryotube messed up and left him half-awake throughout the journey.

        Maybe you’re confusing Ashes To Ashes with some other show?

        • No I’m not confusing it with any other show, the whole Sam Tyler plot towards the end of the last series should have been scrapped as it was weak, Daniel Mays was just terrible throughout as well, the reveal at the end could have been done better, including the railway arms at the end was a nice touch though, but the over all plot line of the last series didn’t do both shows justice.

  6. I loved, loved this mini. I waited until the end so I could watch the whole thing at one time. Stayed up one night and was so impressed. Both actors did wonderful and I would love to see them come back on a different story with the same writer.

  7. They left it open for McConaughey to return, I’m sure when he’s being questioned Marty mentions Rust being used by other PDs to help with other cases or get quick confessions. That said I don’t want him back too soon, it would be better if they kept it a secret until the actual episode he turned up in as well.

    • Yeah but that was mentioned before Cohle and Hart teamed again to solve this case so it wasn’t really as open as you think, nor should it be. I hope they don’t go that route because it’s nice to have a mention of something not involved in the story being told and just leave it as some outside thing that we never get to explore on screen.

      To bring in Cohle and show him working other cases for other departments in a future season would destroy all the good will this show has earned and simply regurgitate what we’ve already seen instead of allowing creative people to craft a whole new story with entirely new characters.

      Combine your idea for a future TD season with your comment about the Ashes To Ashes ending and you give me the impression you don’t have a very creative or imaginative mind to see how cliched and dull your hope for TD is.

      • Aye man, that’s what to do. Talk down to people as usual. The show won’t necessarily be set in the present, or immediately after the first season, it could be anytime between 95 – 02.

        Also, I didn’t say he should be involved in an entire case with another team, it would be nice however, if he were to turn up to get a confession from someone that could help with the case, just a small 10 minute role at most and it would be way down the line.

        I’m not even saying the need to or they should bring McConaughey back, but if they were to do it then I think that would work well.

        You should think before you type, rather than try to be critical of other opinions.

  8. Well, taking my cues from the great, original mind of Mr. Bieber, I’ll “Never Say Never.” However, I really feel like this is getting into the return of Walter White syndrome, where some may want a return despite the story having offered, for all intents and purposes, a definitive ending arc to the character. Sure, they could always conceivably come up with another worthy story for the character; however, why run the risk of undermining what was already a beautifully delivered, self-contained narrative with an ending just to resurrect a once-popular character? Nowadays, it seems like if people like certain characters in movies or TV, they want more, more, more of it until they expand and burst like the blueberry girl in Willy Wonka – this is especially true of the studio suits if they see dollar signs in a return. Sometimes closure is a good thing, people.

  9. “From the dusty mesa, her looming shadow grows… ”

    Well, bring ‘im back. I am a fan.

  10. I’ve heard such great praise about this show. I can’t wait for it to all come out to buy on blu-ray, then I can sit down and have a marathon.

    • Out today!


  12. I most likely would no watch TD without either or both. Their personalities, together and separate make TD fun and most interesting to watch

  13. I love True Detective but I probably would not watch it again if Matthew and Woody were not on it, they are great acting together.

  14. Just enter my vote for his return. What a powerful performance and the chemistry between these two actors was incredible. Great story, great ensemble cast and outstanding acting. This is why I subscribe to HBO.

  15. The only reason I watched it in the first place were because of the stars.

  16. I Loved True Detective.Great chemistry between the two actors and great acting.I would love to see Matthew and Woody both return.

  17. I know that it’s an anthology, but I would be thrilled to see him return in a later season in some capacity beyond a simple cameo. Particularly, I hope that the cult in question and those involved (i.e. Senator Tuttle) will come back into play at some point, allowing us to get another stab at the robed figures on that tape. After all, I imagine that this anthology will take place in one consistent universe. As such, these characters will all continue to exist out there somewhere. And someone as prominent as a Senator could easily figure into another plotline in some way.

    I know, I know, the lack of a total resolution is part of life and that’s that. They even say it directly in the final scene. But this story was so compelling and its characters so captivating, that it’s going to be very hard to just forget about it all. Especially considering that the larger case still seems to be fairly wide open.

    I will be hard pressed to find the same level of engagement with a story about the “secret occult history of the US transportation system” or whatever. It just seems miles away from the very emotional and tragic nature of the central crimes in season 1. How can I care about trolleys, or railroads, or whatever the crap else after everything that went down with Rust and Marty (and everything left undone?). I hope to be proven wrong. But I won’t ever give up hope of some continuation of these characters and these plot threads. My fondest hope for the series, despite all the talk of new things, is that it will eventually all wrap around in a larger scheme and that each season will fit into this greater whole somehow, that each series will feature a set of detectives who stumble onto some aspect of this same cult and attempt to peel back the layers. Though ambitious and probably impossible for plenty of Hollywood reasons, this could lead to an unprecedented final season sharing leads from all previous ones. Maybe this is too much conjecture for a show that is only one season deep, but hey, it’s True Detective.

  18. I think the series will not be successful. I think it will be a total flop without Maconughey and Hallelson!! Sorry just sayin.

  19. I think the writing and directing of TD is what made its success, McConaghey and Harrelson are a perfect pair (so another one goes for the casting team…). The actors seemed to have taken the whole process very personally and with a lot of commitment, but the success of season one would not have been as big if writing and directing was not so precise and original. I am looking forward to season 2 because of Pizolato’s writing ans story telling skills, if MMcG or WH are in it it’s just plain bonus (even for a cameo), but I trust the other actors to carry on the vibe of first season, they HAVE to match the previous performances.

  20. True Detectives Isn’t true detectives without MacConaughey…Rust needs to be on the show him and woody made the show together. But Rust is the number one character. Don’t even do the show if you’re not planning to do everything you can to get Matthew back.

  21. Matthew McConaughey is the REAL reason why i loved True Detective. So i think i won’t watch a single episode more without him.

  22. They havent resolve the all case yet!! There is at least another sean with Woody and Matthew. It would be maddness to go with different actors, it will ruin the series.

  23. Its a pretty good show for a series. Everything is good quality stuff but i have to say it was matthew and woodys role that kept me watching. Actions and interesting stuff only comes about during the 2nd half of the whole series. I mean its really a good story but its something where you will be able to stuck on to easier if it was a book.

  24. To Greg’s comment 6 months ago.
    Very true they could have pulled the picture back out way back in the beginning and compared notes with the green ears on spaghetti man and the green house, but that’s how the story goes. Police work is slow and tedious, and sometimes you have to buildup details around a simple overlooked tidbit to come back and realize you had something all along. Plus, it is great to watch as well as realistic and graphically extraordinary. And, for those who have xfinity on demand and watched season 1 with the “about the episodes” trailer after each episode, they talked about how there was going to be interludes of detail in between the linear action of moving forward in the case to make it realistic to actual police work. This would also give depth and expansion to the characters and the development of their personalities respectfully within the scope of the plot. I hope that redeemed the full circle cummuppins of the season.

  25. actually i ‘d become a fan of true detective cuz of Rust. the philosophy he speeches and uncut 6 minutes role play really intrigudes me. i cant imagine someone suits like him. i know iw ll be a different scenerio but im a bit conservative abt not changing the clockworking season. no need to discover america again. anyway ; im afraid that True detective will face the same final as Spartacus after andy withfield passed away :(

  26. Kitsch Collin McConaughey and Woody are all the main characters you need as long as the writing is as good as season 1