McConaughey Re-Teaming with Richard Linklater for 'Bernie'
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?