Matthew McConaughey Wants To Save ‘True Detective’ By Returning As Rust Cohle In Season 3

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Do you miss Rust Cohle’s nihilistic ruminations about life, death and the fourth dimension? Of course you do. And so does Matthew McConaughey who played Rustin “Rust” Cohle in Season 1 of True Detective.

“I miss Rust Cohle, man,” McConaughey confessed on the Rich Eisen Show. “I miss watching him on Sunday nights.”

McConaughey reminisced about portraying everyone’s favorite philosophical handlebar-mustachioed homicide investigator.

“I was a happy man when I made that for six months, because I was on my own island,” the actor said. “Luckily my wife put up with me.”

When asked about reprising his role as Rust, the Academy Award-winning actor said, “It would have to be the right context, the right way.”

So you’re saying that time is a flat circle where events will continually repeat over and over again, thus then another amazing season of True Detective?


“That thing—when I read [the original script] I knew in 20 minutes if I can play this guy, Rustin Cohle, I’m in,” McConaughey told Eisen.

The first season of True Detective received outstanding reviews from critics and viewers alike. The drama won numerous awards. Then Season 2 happened.

No more Rust Cohle. No more Woody Harrelson as Detective Martin Hart. No more accolades.

The second season of the Nic Pizzolatto-created show featuring Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell was a disaster. It was so bad that it caused HBO to change course and put Season 3 on the back-burner and maybe even end the series. However, with McConaughey back in the saddle as Rust, HBO can say, “fuck the anthology format,” and make True Detective great again.