Long Behind-The-Scenes Look At HBO's 'True Detective' Reveals A Dark, Gritty Wigstravaganza

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Long Behind-The-Scenes Look At HBO's 'True Detective' Reveals A Dark, Gritty Wigstravaganza

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | December 3, 2013 | Comments ()

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One of the most eagerly awaited new dramas on television this Winter is the HBO series True Detective. If you haven’t been following our coverage, this is an eight episode drama that will follow two detectives (a drawl-off between Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) and one serial killer over the span of 17 years. The series is the first in a planned anthology (à la American Horror Story) and in the following behind-the-scenes look, Executive Producer Nic Pizzzolatto promises it will take the populist drama of the police procedural and turn it on its head in order to reveal larger truths about human nature. This is what The Killing was trying so desperately to achieve in its first two seasons and only managed to tap into during its third season.

The show is going to be a must-see if not for the gruesome, moody, Hannibal-esque beauty, then for the tour-de-force performances from two men enjoying a hell of a renaissance in their careers. As for the beauty, you need only look at director Cary Fukanaga’s previous work (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) to get your knickers in an anticipatory twist. As for the performances? Well Woody Harrelson calls this the best work of Matthew McConaughey’s career. Given how hard McConaughey blew my hair back in Dallas Buyer’s Club, that’s high praise indeed. I’m also deeply intrigued by Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts and Tory Kittles. So go ahead and have a look at the featurette. Drink for every new wig and every time they say a character’s full name.

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  • Sean

    Damn this sounds fucking amazing...Did I see Eli from Boardwalk Empire in there?

  • Renton

    I hope it's gonna be like an American Red Riding.

  • mzblackwidow

    who knew Matthew McConaughey would turn into such an outstanding actor once he quit the endless rom coms? I think this show looks incredibly good - can't wait.

  • Maguita NYC

    He started his career on the right path with A Time To Kill, but as you said, his strings of silly romcoms made us forget that he has actual talent. I am really glad he is back to serious performance!

  • Bodhi

    That is one I will watch every time its on TV. He really nailed that role

  • Maguita NYC

    Absolutely! You look at his performances in a A Time To Kill and then How to Lose A Man or Failure to Launch and wonder where did the actor disappear to?

    Although I understand, like Daniel C. pointed it out in his Paul Walker piece, some actors need to just act no matter the job always in the hope they would deliver on some quality project. I guess though now Matthew can afford to pick and choose.

    I'm very glad he's back on track.

  • mzblackwidow

    that's so true - I loved a Time to Kill but often forget about it due to said rom com overload. I have always enjoyed looking at the man :D and listening to that drawl but now to respect the acting - bonus !

    I watched Killer Joe and thought he was great, was that his first "comeback" movie or did I miss other real performances?

  • Maguita NYC

    I believe it started with the Lincoln Lawyer which he made right after Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and before Killer Joe. Maybe that was a turning point where he'd had enough of crappy roles and opted to make a change.


  • mzblackwidow

    thankyou :) I missed the existence of this movie completely and it does look good. (I've even read the book)
    I also saw GOGP and if that was the catalyst for his change, it was the only good thing about it IMO :/

  • Stephen Wong

    Where is the dark, gritty behind-the-scenes Oldboy review?

  • hippyherb

    You really, really want to read the review for Oldboy, don't you? Is this the 3rd or 4th time you have asked this in different conversation threads?
    What if they don't review Oldboy?

  • Stephen Wong

    Well I got a real "unpretentious" reply and I'm happy.

    Since it's been pointed out that it went from wide to limited release so the reviewer might not even get to see it, and it also tanked, I can probably extrapolate the review.

    Although I would still like to read a Baynis/Shamalam level takedown of it.

  • Siege

    What if now they're REFUSING to review Oldboy out of a perverse sense of contrarianism? And it's ALL YOUR FAULT.

  • TK


  • John W

    I don't know if I can take the double blast of Southern charm from both Woodrow and Matthew in the same show. But I'm going to try.

  • "This is what The Killing was trying so desperately to achieve in its first two seasons and only managed to tap into during its third season."

    Interesting comparison: Pizzolatto wrote a few episodes of The Killing back in 2011.

  • asherlev1

    Also, can we get a teensy shout out to Broadchurch for also tapping into some of that energy?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It will also be interesting to see if this show manages to succeed.

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