Matthew McConaughey “wouldn’t hesitate” to take part in a third season of “True Detective.”
During an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” to talk football and his upcoming animated film, “Sing,” the actor also spoke about his “True Detective” character, Rustin “Rust” Cohle.
Eisen brought up a previous conversation where McConaughey told him he would reprise the role if he had the opportunity.
“I hear that all the time now,” said McConaughey. “‘You said you were going to do season 3. When is it coming?'” He added that the “ball’s not advanced at all” and that creator Nic Pizzolatto is “taking a little break from it.”
“If that thing was written well and it came up again, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second,” he said. “Oh, I’m open to it for sure.”
“True Detective” Season 1, which starred McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of Louisiana cops, was a hit with both viewers and critics, while Season 2 notoriously disappointed. The network’s former president of programming, Michael Lombardo, said he blamed himself for the letdown, because he asked creator Pizzolatto to write Season 2 “in a very short timeframe.”
“I’ve talked to Nic about it, and I think both Nic and HBO, we’re open to a third season,” he said. “It’s a really valuable franchise for us. I think both seasons average about 11 million viewers an episode. So not dead. Just I’m not sure we have the right take for a third season yet.”
Watch the video above, with McConaughey talking about “True Detective” at the 20-minute mark.