On the June 22 episode of The Rich Eisen Show, Eisen talked to guest Matthew McConaughey about his experience playing Detective Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle on HBO's True Detective. Rich Eisen is apparently a big fan of the first season of Nic Pizzolatto's crime drama, and so is McConaughey. In fact, he liked it so much, he said he wouldn't mind returning to the show, if the opportunity arose.
Asked if he'd ever reprise the role, McConaughey told Eisen:
Yeah, I would. I miss Rust Cohle, man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights. . . I was a happy man when I made that for six months, because I was on my own island. Luckily my wife put up with me.
McConaughey also revealed that he was initially asked to to play the role of Martin "Marty" Hart (which ended up being played by Woody Harrelson), but he was more interested in playing Hart's partner Cohle. He told Eisen he said to the producers: "The guy I cannot wait to hear what comes out of his mouth is this Rustin Cohle guy. He's just arresting me every time I read something comes out of his mouth."