Call it re-invention, call it the McConaissance, or call Camilla Alvez to thank her personally. Whatever way you want to call it, the Double M is doing some fine work these days. He has a Golden Globe and a shiny new Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, and I’d be willing to wager his role as Detective Rustin Cohle in HBO’s True Detective might earn him a shot at a hat trick when the Emmys role around in August. He sure has come a long way since his role as the stoner Dave Wooderson in Dazed and Confused.
Or has he?
If you caught Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar’s speech (or his speech at the Golden Globes), it’s evident that the actor has grown up. But mixed in with all that mature, personal philosophy about God and chasing his future self are those relics of vintage McConaughey — those trusty old Woodersonisms about how we all need to “keep on livin.” I guess he keeps getting older, but those bits of stoner wisdom stay the same age.
Well, alright, alright, alright. We’ll see your Oscars speech and raise you one, Matthew. Your Rustin Cohle says “time is a flat circle,” so we put Dave Wooderson behind the wheel of his 1970 Chevy and had him pick up our favorite Nietzschean True Detective. Let’s listen to how the conversation unfolds...