“As actors, you become an expert at starting over. Every single role brings with it an ignorance and an insecurity, and so you have to approach it with the same curiosity and humility. I’m always nervous. Doesn’t matter how many times I do this. But I remind myself it’s because I care”.
"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can’t take it all in at once."
"Perhaps death is not the hardest thing in a painter’s life… Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star.”
We shot for 6 months. I had a couple of times where I was like, is this [Rust 1995] going to be really boring? I started to feel like maybe certain scenes I need to spice it up. Then I said, no no no. Wait. Crash is coming. Wait. 2012 Cohle in the interrogations is coming. So a lot of it for me was patience. Really mapping that thing out and having a graph and understanding exactly where I was and understanding the basic three stages of Cohle — 1995, 2002 and 2012 — and defining those for myself. ~ Matthew McConaughey on playing Rust (X)