The presumed lure of “True Detective” for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, aside from good material, was the idea that they’d film their eight-episode season and be done with it. Since the show is set up as a season-to-season anthology, actors aren’t committed to long runs as they might be with conventional series.
But now that he’s done a season, and won wide acclaim for his role as Rust Cohle, McConaughey says he wouldn’t be averse to joining up with HBO and creator Nic Pizzolatto again.
The actor says in an interview with Deadline that he initially viewed the show as “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.'”
He’s changed his mind, though, at least a little bit. “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,” he says. “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.'”
Pizzolatto has said Season 2 of “True Detective” will tell a story unconnected to the first one. That wouldn’t necessarily preclude McConaughey from taking part in another role, though — “American Horror Story” has kept several of its cast members season to season, playing different characters each time.
The full Deadline interview, which is definitely worth a read, also touches on McConaughey’s Oscar win and how he broke out of a rom-com rut in recent years.