HBO’s “True Detective” recently aired the fourth episode of its second season this past Sunday, and it closed out with a bang. Literally. Following in a similar pattern of the first season, the show saved one of its biggest action beats for the season right at its halfway point, and the visceral shootout scene from the episode seemed to demand a lot from the show’s principle cast members.
Speaking with Variety, Rachel McAdams — who plays Detective Ani Bezzerides — spoke about shooting that scene, and the effect that its physicality had on her.
That one took about five days. That was pretty intense. I actually puked during that scene. When I was running and reloading my gun — it actually wound up being about 200 yards, it was like two football fields — and I was just going all out and we did it a couple of times. [...] It was my own fault. I had been drinking that EmergenC and going hard to just try to keep my energy up. Not a good combination, the running and that. But I kind of felt bada–. Like yeah, let’s do it again. It was really fun though. I like action. I like being thrust into that.
The second season of the show has tried — and by all accounts has succeeded — in trying to set itself apart from the Southern Gothic dramatic style that was a hallmark of the first season, trading in ritualistic murder for government corruption and crooked business. The series is no less engaging, though, keeping a similar focus on the personal lives of the main characters at its heart, and succeeds in telling character-driven stories in a different flavor and location than the first season told.
“True Detective” has four episodes remaining in its second season, and they air every Sunday night on HBO. For more on “True Detective,” be sure to catch our weekly recap podcast on the latest episodes with Clare Kramer and Brendan Cowles!
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