Matthew McConaughey is on a high following his Best Actor Oscar win on Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards. While answering questions backstage at the awards ceremony, the actor also addressed rumors about his departure from the HBO series True Detective. At the same time the actor received his first Oscar for the lead role of Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, the first season of his hit HBO series True Detective was coming to an end and so is that character’s journey.
McConaughey confirmed that he will not be returning to True Detective for Season 2 and contends that his character, Detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle, had a finite but complete journey. The series’ eight-episode début season introduced McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two Louisiana detectives tracking a serial killer in the Big Easy. The actor stated that it was a one season commitment for him going into the project. The fact that the show has become so successful does not change his plans. HBO has not made an official announcement yet regarding the future of the dark, intense, and highly successful series that has garnered the network its best series première ratings since Boardwalk Empire in 2010. Additionally, whether co-star Woody Harrelson will reprise his role as Detective Martin Hart also remains unknown.
McConaughey stated that his Oscar win has nothing to do with his decision to depart True Detective and could in fact be part of the series’ master plan. Moreover, the series creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has indicated that the show will return in 2015 and could adhere to a similar anthology path as American Horror Story with a revolving cast and storyline premise. Moreover, Pizzolatto claims he has already started to write the second season. Despite his decision to leave the series, the actor has relished the opportunity to work in cable TV again after so many years in film. The film star has enjoyed the dramatic shift in the medium. He contends the quality of the writing was so profound that he committed to the series after reading the first two episodes.
Another passion of McConaughey’s that was revealed in his Oscar acceptance speech is also a mantra for the actor’s life–“Just Keep Livin’.” The Just Keep Livin Foundation (JKL) was established by the actor as a tribute to his father. Its mission is to help educate and instill good nutritional values and fitness in children. First Lady Michelle Obama would be proud of the highly structured, rigorous fitness regimen that the JKL has fostered. The program has proven very successful in a number of schools in Texas and California in regards to improving children’s health habits and focus on nutrition.
In the wake of McConaughey’s Oscar win and departure from True Detective, the actor is focused on the things that bring him joy in life–the love and support of his family, characters that inspire him, and a career that sustains him. He also embraces opportunities to give back and enrich the lives of others through endeavors such as JKL. McConaughey considers himself a blessed man and his success in many areas of life certainly support that claim. As the actor himself would say, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”
By Leigh Haugh