True Detective goes to some pretty dark places, and your characters each wrestle with serious demons. What was it like to live in that headspace for six months?
Harrelson: Well, my character doesn’t have the same kind of demons as Matthew’s does. His guy’s got demons just f—-ing wrapped around his head, going through his gray matter. [Laughs]
McConaughey: I loved being in that spot for six months because this character had a clear obsession. It didn’t take its toll on me to live in Rust Cohle’s mind. I was intrigued by his mind. I didn’t get mean at home or none of that stuff. I enjoyed sitting in that place.
You have worked together before, in the movies EDtv and Surfer Dude. Do you remember the first time you met?
Harrelson: I remember they were showing some kind of weird Internet invention at CAA, and Matthew was there. I had this connection to him: I was going to do A Time to Kill, and he ended up doing it and it made him a huge star. So I came up to him and said, ”Hey, how you doin’? Should we do a shot of tequila?” He had a bunch to do that day, but he’s like, ”All right, come on.” [Laughs]
McConaughey: Then on EDtv, I remember I was up there doing a little rehearsal with [director] Ron Howard, and Woody, who was playing my brother, rode up on a bike with a bike helmet and bike shorts and clip-on bike shoes. He hops off the bike, and Ron says, ”Do you want to go look at some wardrobe?” And Woody’s like, ”This is what I was thinking.” [Laughs] And you know he’s got the greatest legs in the business.
Harrelson: Pshaw! But from the legs up, you’ve got it nailed.
McConaughey: I get ‘em high, and you get ‘em low.
With the chemistry you guys have, why haven’t you done a buddy comedy?
McConaughey: People get around us for five minutes and they go, ”We’ve got to get these two in something where they can play off each other.” Because that’s what he and I do comedically very well.
Harrelson: It’ll happen. True Detective is a kind of buddy comedy in a weird way.
McConaughey: Without the buddy part.
Harrelson: And without much comedy. But still! [Laughs] (Via EW)