Who could take the place of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey?
Keaton has seemed content for the past several years to show up only occasionally, usually in supporting roles: most recently in “Robocop” and “Need For Speed,” happy to sit on the sidelines until something comes along that he can sink his teeth into. “True Detective” is it. The series would allow him to show off his dark side, the one he displayed so well in “Batman” or “Desperate Measures.” He brings a depth to his characters and a shifting sense of morality—as well as a mordant sense of humor—that Nic Pizzolatto could exploit. If this first season is any indictation, any true detective comes with a strong sense of world weariness, more than a little cynicism, and an off-kilter personality. That describes Keaton perfectly.
- Melinda Newman