We haven’t seen a lot of Tommy Lee Jones since his Oscar-worthy 2007 double-feature, In the Valley of Elah and No Country for Old Men. Apparently, there haven’t been a lot of scripts of late that called for grizzled wise men with impeccable acting skills. However, Jones is going behind the camera again with his follow-up to The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (featuring good old Levon Helm). Jones will direct and co-star in The Lincoln Lawyer, which represents Matthew McConaughey’s attempt, perhaps, at being taken as a serious actor again. It’s really his only attempt since A Time to Kill made him the romantic comedy slash tabloid star that he is today.
Based on a Michael Connelly legal thriller, in Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey will play a criminal defense lawyer who takes on seedy defendants and works out of his Lincoln. However, his luck changes when he takes on as a client a wealthy realtor accused of attempted murder.
I haven’t read the book, and God knows McConaughey’s romantic comedies irk the living hell out of me, but I did like him in A Time to Kill. He’s sort of a natural-born defense-lawyer character — suave and slimy. Also, he has a really shiny forehead — and as a bar-certified lawyer, I can attest to the fact that all criminal lawyers have shiny foreheads. Plus, unless there was a decent script, I very much doubt that Tommy Lee Jones would direct the picture. He’s not exactly a movie whore.
No word on which role Tommy Lee Jones will play. It’s possible he’ll play the wealthy realtor, but the original role calls for a much younger person. It could be rewritten, but Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t exactly strike me as the defendant type — even one that’s ultimately innocent (I’m guessing). He’s a man of too much stature, with a history of hero roles, for me to believe that he’d allow himself to be accused of murder. Then again, he’s a good enough actor that he could probably pull it off.
But the important thing is: If McConaughey lives out of his car, he probably changes clothes in his car, too, which means, of course: Shirtless McConaughey.