Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2014

Matthew McConaughey talks ‘True Detective’ Woody Harrelson and his character in ‘Interstellar’

Matthew McConaughey joins Woody Harrelson in the highly anticipated new show from HBO: True Detective.

The Contact star praises the scripts before discussing working with Woody again while talking with Channel Guide Mag Blog.

“This is the third time we’ve worked together and it’s the first time not in a comedy, which I was really excited about,” says McConaughey.

“The thing about Woody and I is that personally we’re such good friends that if he starts something, I end it. If I start something, he ends it. We pick up each other’s energy very easily and we like doing that. It’s good for the comedies we’ve done [1999’s Edtv and 2008’s Surfer, Dude] and it’s good for our friendship. What it was not going to be good for — which was very clear to me — is that, because our characters are so diametrically opposed as far as their points of view and their personal politics, we had to really make sure we didn’t get onto the other guy’s wavelength — meaning Woody and Matthew’s.”

McConaughey and Harrelson play Louisiana detectives Rustin “Rust” Cohle and Martin Hart, whose newly formed partnership runs off the rails in 1995 when they are called to a remote field and find the nude body of a woman posed as artfully as a statue, a crown of branches and antlers encircling her head. Where Hart sees unimaginable human atrocity, Cohle sees science … and a strange salvation.

“The actual murder mystery becomes the track that these guys are on, but the real story is who these guys are — who they seem to be and who they’re not,” McConaughey says.

The interview examines the new HBO show before switching to other topics.

While offering not real details about his lead role in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Interstellar, he discusses seeking out these roles.

“I’ve got a couple things that I’ve read in the last two months — I read them and I immediately started to see the men, ” he says. “They’re both great stories, but I really started to see the man and started to know his voice in my everyday life. It’s so fun when this happens — because it doesn’t always happen, but I’m going to do my best to afford myself this luxury — and that’s finding characters where you close the script and you drive around and they stick with you. Everything you see in the world, all the different things you see and do and the people you see sort of go through that character and you get an idea. You get an idea and you go, ‘Oh that’s him! That’s his walk. Oh that’s his opinion on this. That’s what he would buy if he was in here.’

“That’s when acting becomes super fun. That’s when I say as an actor, I can get the wings on and fly. When it’s not just the 12-hour work day that is informing the work — it’s the real world outside.”

Check out the full interview HERE

True Detective airs Sundays beginning Jan. 12 on HBO.


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