'True Detective' Season 3 Rumors: Show To Be Revived With Matthew McConaughey Return As Rust Cohle? [VIDEO]
HBO seemed to initially be ready to part with True Detective after last year's disastrous second season, but now, it seems the cable channel is still considering bringing it back in the future, and with a familiar actor coming back to reprise his popular role.
In an appearance on Direct TV's Rich Eisen Show, Matthew McConaughey, who received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Rust Cohle in the show's much-applauded first season, admitted he missed playing the character, and would consider reprising it if he was asked.
"It would have to be the right context, the right way," he 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."
The possibility of McConaughey reprising the role could be greater than expected, if HBO does wind up considering bringing the show back with changes (including creator Nic Pizzolatto either hiring new writers or a showrunner), as has been previously reported. With that in mind, McConaughey says he reached out to Pizzolatto about possible rerpsiing the role.
As for why he wants to do it if the opportunity arises, McConaughey admits he misses the character, and what portraying him allowed him to feel.
"I miss Rust Cohle, man," he said. "I miss watching him on Sunday nights."
"I was a happy man when I made that for sic months, because I was on my own island," he continued. "Luckily my wife put up with me."
His desire to return comes roughly one month after HBO"s new programming director Casey Bloys reportedly said in an interview that he didn't think it would be likely for the show to continue at the channel after the second season disappointed so much.
"While juggernaut Game of Thrones and the final season of Damon Lindelof's Peabody-winning drama The Leftovers shouldn't require too much of Bloys' time, other decisions, including the fate of True Detective, now fall to him," the article on Bloys said at the time. "(HBO sources suggest a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely)."