McConaughey Re-Teaming with Richard Linklater for 'Bernie'

October 1, 2010
Source: THR

McConaughey / Linklater

The 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused was the launchpad for Matthew McConaughey's acting career. Though in many ways that career has faltered since a highpoint in the 90's, THR reports director Richard Linklater is collaborating with the actor by giving him a supporting role in his new film Bernie. The dark comedy, starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, follows Renaissance man/community leader/mortician Bernie (Black), who begins an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine) in a small Texas town. Upon killing her, he tries to maintain the illusion that she is still alive. Why does this all sound so familiar?

I'm sure its no coincidence that the character's name is Bernie, but it seems like a cheap gag. Anyway, McConaughey will play the town's district attorney, always angling for re-election and suspicious about the widow's death while Rip Torn has also joined the project as Bernie's defense lawyer. Linklater has had quite an interesting career including Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, School of Rock and most recently Me and Orson Wells. He's launched, nurtured and developed many talents from Ethan Hawke to Zac Efron, but this doesn't exactly sound like the best use of his time. I'm hoping for the best from the Mandalay Vision and Castle Rock Entertainment production, but that Weekend at Bernie's reference still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. What do you guys think?

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  • Xerxex
    McConaughey was great in Dazed and Confused, great in A Time To Kill, and I enjoyed his performances in Fools Gold and We AreMarshall, so perhaps Linklater can get him back to where he needs to be in the acting game.
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    Alright, alright, alright!!!! You heard about the party being busted? Well not to worry, there is a new fiesta, in the making, as we speak. It's gonna be out, at the Moon Tower, full kegs, everybody's gonna be there. You oughta go.
  • E.T.
    You got this one wrong, though at first I thought the same thing. The story is a true story and the name "Bernie" is really no relation to 'Weekend at Bernie's' at all. It is a weird coincidence, and I know Richard was aware of it, but if you know the full story, and once you see the movie, you'll totally see why "Bernie" is the best name for the film. Also, if you know the people who lived in the community where this happened, they have the weirdest sort of affection for Bernie, and disgust with Ms. Nugent who was the victim.
  • M.M.
    E.T. is right. This movie title has no relation to "Weekend at Bernie's". This movie is based upon a real life person, Bernie Tiede who really did live in a small town in Texas. I happen to be from this same town and I can assure you all of the residents remember this crime well. Most of us wonder how this could be turned into a comedy, dark or otherwise. In spite of that, however, the filming of "Bernie" has created quite a stir around these parts.




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