With the Oscar statue still hot in his hand, Matthew McConaughey has given fans an update on his future plans, and unfortunately for some, he won’t be returning to the HBO series True Detective for a second season. But that was the plan from the very beginning, he said.
“No, I won’t be back for season two,” said McConaughey backstage at the Oscars. “Season one was finite. It’s probably airing right now. Has anyone seen it? I made the thing….and I’m not sure what happens.”
Clearly, the 44 year old actor is having the best year of his career, and he’s had scene stealing performances in films like the Wolf of Wall Street, but his character in True Detective was just as fun to play, he said, because the character had a personal obsession that was clearly defined in the writing, so he knew exactly how he was going to play it.
McConaughey says he tries to find characters who have an obsession of some sort, because he can really bring out all of the layers and complex personality traits of someone who has a tunnel-vision-way of looking at the world.
“You know, I’ve been able to find such clearly identifiable characters, whether it’s Mark Hanna in Wolf of Wall Street or Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club,” he said.
“Look at Dallas in Magic Mike and Joe in Killer Joe, these are characters with such clear obsessions. I’ve said this before, but that’s what I’ve been choosing: Somebody who I could get drunk on their obsessions. Characters that live on the fringe, they’re all a little bit on the outskirts of civilization. I find a certain ownership and freedom in that.”
The actor didn’t say exactly why he wasn’t returning to the show, but it’s safe to assume he’s busier these days and more in demand than he’s ever been before, so he’ll probably spend most of his time working on projects for the big screen.
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