Kitsch Confirms “True Detective” Role

There are four leading roles in the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn confirmed for two of them. The other two haven’t yet been confirmed by the network, though at this point both Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams are essentially set for the parts.

Speaking with Ad Week, Taylor Kitsch confirmed he’s involved and his deal is close to being finalized. In fact, the actor had some serious time off beforehand in preparation for the role which is said to be that of a young detective named Paul Woodrugh who is also a military veteran with a troubled past:

“Yeah, I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, man. I’m overdue. You’ve just got to grind it out. Even taking this year off was, I mean you want to work, but you also don’t want to just water it down and work for the sake of working. So, it was tough to sit a year out, keeping a finger crossed that I was going to get True.

It was just showing a lot of patience on my end and turning a lot of stuff down because I wanted to be a part of it. And having this meeting with Nic Pizzolatto, it kind of brought me back to when I was here in New York and why I wanted to be a actor, why you struggle and why you don’t quit.

And when we’re talking, I mean he’s obviously incredibly smart and passionate, so that rubs off. And you’re just excited to go now. I can’t f–king wait to hit camera. So I’m excited. I loved that first season of it so much. It’s just unlike anything I’ve seen in, you know, I don’t know when. And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I love that. It makes it more relatable. It makes these guys more real. Nowadays, it takes f–king balls to stand by that and do it that way.”

The full and quite fascinating interview, which includes Kitsch talking about the time he spent digging ditches in Barbados and living out of his car in L.A., can be found at Ad Week.