True De­tec­tive

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - COVER STORY - CARY FUKU­NAGA

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.

Guy Davis

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)

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