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True Detective Conversations captures the comedic brilliance of Rust Cohle

Matthew McConaughey’s Detective Rust Cohle—he of carefully chosen, highly philosophical phrasings and carving Lone Star beer cans into metal stick figures—is the most sharply drawn character on the debut season of HBO’s True Detective. But McConaughey’s screen presence and the lines written for Cole by Nic Pizzolatto ride the razor’s edge between poignant and unintentionally hilarious. The new Tumblr True Detective Conversations captures the hilarity of Detective Cohle’s heady observations, as well as Woody Harrelson’s stunned reactions. It all starts back at this conversation from the pilot. (“I contemplate the moment in the Garden; the idea of allowing your own crucifixtion.”) But each entry on the blog follows a setup-complication-punchline structure, with Harrelson’s Detective Hart posing a seemingly innocuous question, to which Cohle responds with some overly analytical musing, ending in Harrelson’s stunned visage. There aren’t that many entries as of yet, but all the available ones are pretty hilarious.

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