Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in The pay- TV crime drama True Detective has been generating a lot of hype before its premiere, a lot of it stemming from the presence of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the lead roles. But the man behind the camera directing all eight episodes of the series, which follows the personal and professional toll a 17- year murder investigation takes on two Louisiana lawmen, is cause for excitement as well. With only two feature films to his name, Cary Fukunaga is already regarded as one of the most talented filmmakers to emerge in recent years. speaks with him. more sense in the end. There are many different sorts of power paradigms in the south – you have the military, you have the petro- chemical industry and you have religion. And then you have the normal government too. Cary, how did you come to be involved in True Detective? Nic Pizzolatto, the writer, wrote the first episode, and I think his original intention was to make it a novel.
But then a producer at our collective management/ production company convinced him to make it into a television show. The idea was to make it a hybrid – a mix of television and cinema – and to bring in one director to be the vision for one season and bring in feature film talent, so guys like Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.
The Louisiana setting lends a lot of atmosphere to the story, but that wasn’t always the location, was it? When I read the first script, it was the Ozarks [ a mountain district in central US]. And that really interested me too, because it was a part of the country I’d never spent time in. But the imagery that was in the script was easily translatable to Louisiana, and given that the author was from there, it made What do you think makes these actors right for these particular roles? Part of it was their friendship, but it was also their commitment. It’s kind of a cliché to say, “This movie wouldn’t have existed without this character” but I think it’s a different movie if there’s different actors interpreting it, just like that script would be a different show if I didn’t direct it.
I really love what Woody and Matthew did, because first of all, I think Matthew was doing a role he hadn’t really done before and really committing himself to it 100 per cent, and that inspired Woody. Woody even said so on the last day of shooting, I think they constantly raised each other’s game.
True Detective, Tuesday, 8.30pm, Showcase ( pay- TV)