On Wednesday, Matthew McConaughey revealed to the excitement of “True Detective” supporters everywhere that he’d be interested in returning to the role.
“I miss Rust Cohle, man,” McConaughey said on DirecTV’s “Rich Eisen Show.” “I miss watching him on Sunday nights.”
The star’s comments come at an interesting time for HBO. In late May, whispers suggested that the network was axing any ideas of a third season after the second entry was met with such vocal disappointment, but the Emmy-generating first season was so revered that a return to the past could mean a future for the show.
“It would have to be the right context, the right way,” McConaughey said. “That thing — when I read [the original script] I knew in 20 minutes if I can play this guy, Rustin Cohle, I’m in.”
As fans well know, Rust Cohle was not exactly a cheery man, but McConaughey insists it was one of his most enjoyable roles.
“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.”
In January, the HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo shouldered the blame for “True Detective’s” underwhelming sophomore effort, saying he stretched showrunner Nic Pizzolatto too thin.
“I set him up to deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver,” Lombardo said. “That’s not what that show is. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Find his muse. And so I think that’s what I learned from it. Don’t do that anymore.”