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Matthew McConaughey on possible True Detective return: I miss Rust Cohle

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Some viewers may be ready to move on from True Detective, but Matthew McConaughey isn’t one of them.

During an interview on Wednesday episode of The Rich Eisen Show, the actor was asked if he would interested in returning to the series that scored him an Emmy nomination. “Yeah, I would,” the Free State of Jones star said. “I miss Rust Cohle, man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. I miss watching True Detective on Sunday nights. … I was a happy man when we made that for six months, because I was on my own island.”

McConaughey won rave reviews for his against-type performance as Cohle in the first season of the HBO series. The second season, which brought in a new cast including Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, wasn’t nearly as well received.

While there has been speculation that a third season is unlikely, McConaughey said that he has had conversations with creator Nic Pizzolatto about a possible return. “It would have to be the right context, the right way,” he told Eisen. “That thing — when I read it, I knew in 20 minutes if I can play this guy, Rustin Cohle, I’m in.”

He also attempted to dispel the notion that going to television from movies is a step down somehow. “That used to be a little more of a taboo kind of idea to do,” he said. “Not anymore. … You’re actually getting better quality dramas on the small screen today than you ever have been. A lot better than the big screen sometimes.”

The actor will next be seen in Free State of Jones, which will be released on Friday.

Watch McConaughey’s full discussion on True Detective below.

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