Matthew McConaughey might win the coveted Best Actor Academy Award for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ next month, but its his Feb. 9 long-take scene from ‘True Detective’ that has everyone talking. Find out what the buzz is all about below!
Matthew McConaughey‘s gritty, HBO crime noir True Detective has been earning rave reviews since day one, but it took a six-minute long, single-take nail-biter of a heist scene to truly bring the show to the next level.
Watch Matthew McConaughey’s ‘True Detective’ Long-Take Heist Scene
In the aforementioned cuckoo bananas scene, Detective Rust Cohle (McConaughey) bursts into a housing project, survives a number of shootouts, runs outside to escape from a crowd of police, runs through yet another house, hops over a fence, and then — finally — makes his way into his partner Detective Hart’s (Woody Harrelson) car. Director Cary Fukunaga, who helmed all eight episodes of True Detective, told MTV that he wanted to include a “oner” scene like this one after using them in two of his successful films, Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre.
“The best ones, you don’t even realize that they’re oners [long takes],” Fukunaga, who shot seven versions of the scene, told MTV. “They’re the most first-person experience you can get in a film.”
They’re also, apparently, quite a b–tch to film.
“We had ADs [assistant directors] all over the neighborhood because we had to release extras, crowd running background, police cars, stunt drivers,” he continued. “There were actual gun shots and stones being thrown through windows. There were a lot of things to put together. Even the action, the stunt sequences were complicated. We’re working on a television schedule. It isn’t like a film where you can spend a lot of time working the stunts out with the actors. We only had a day and a half to get Matthew and everyone else on the same page.”
Impressive! What did you think of the scene, HollywoodLifers?
— Shaunna Murphy