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True Detective: Matthew McConaughey Made a Detailed Chart of Rust Cohle’s Life

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In a piece published today on Rolling Stone, Matthew McConaughey walks through the “four stages of Rustin Cohle” and talks about the process by which he worked out the character’s history, a large task, especially given how much True Detective jumps around time-wise. “I just basically broke it down and made a 450-page graph of where Cohle was and where he was coming from,” says McConaughey. (Could he possibly by exaggerating? That’s a lot of pages.) On 1995 Cohle, the earliest and most uptight incarnation we see in the show, he says, “He’s trying to walk the line. Monk-like. Trying to hold it together. And that’s a lot easier with less interaction with others. There’s a mechanical side to him. He needs the regimen of the homicide detective.”

* The initial headline of this piece read, “Matthew McConaughey Made a 450-Page Document Charting Rust Cohle’s Life.” Though we note in the piece how that is likely not precisely true, it seemed best to change the headline. So we did.

True Detective: McConaughey Rust Cohle Chart