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Form and Void of Rust Cohle   Leave a comment

What makes Matthew McConaughey unique is his consistency in getting drunk on characters obsessions. The movies like Dazed and Confused (1993), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Killer Joe (2011), Mud (2012) , Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Interstellar (2014) stand testimonial to that. He finds ownership and freedom to portray characters that live on the fringe, who all are a bit on the outskirts of civilization and another classic example which stands above all, is his role as ‘Rust Cohle’ in the television crime drama series – True Detective.

True Detective is an American television crime drama created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. Season 1 revolves around a story of occult murder and detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle, are assigned to solve it.

To prepare for the role of Rust Cohle (who psychologically struggles to deal with his past, obsessiveness in solving a murder) , McConaughey himself created a 450-page evolutionary analysis of the character which he named “Four Stages of Rustin Cohle”, he named it as

  • 1995 Cohle
  • Crash
  • 2002 Cohle
  • 2012 Cohle

and continued “I wanted to get in that dude’s head. The obsession, the island of a man—I’m always looking for a guy who monologues. It’s something really important as I feel I’m going into my better work


The coverse effect of his obsession is transformed into nihilism as stated below:
I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody” (Rust Cohle, “The Long Bright Dark”, True Detective)

Filled with pure compassion, Cohle survived from himself because he was acknowledging that he does not know what he does not know.

True Detective:A Case for Neo-noir – Alicia Berdan
True Detective: Pessimism, Buddhism or Philosophy? – Finn Janning
True Detective is an example of “nihilist pop culture” , Meta: Aesthetics of the media assemblage – Glen Fuller
Matthew McConaughey Explains The Four Stages of Rust Cohle

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