True Detective season 2 may have been a write-off, but we still have the fondest memories of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson co-headlining the dark HBO drama’s first run.
Indeed, McConaughey’s turn—in particular— as the intense, deeply philosophical Detective Rust Cohle was lauded and, it turns out, McConaughey would like to return at some point to reprise the character. He does have a few conditions, of course.
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 revealed that he’s brought the idea of returning up with series creator Nic Pizzolatto.
“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.”
McConaughey also spoke about how television has propelled itself as a creative medium and that A-lister movie stars agreeing to appear in TV shows is no longer a ‘step-down.’
“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.”
Watch McConaughey’s full discussion on True Detective below.