Matthew McConaughey and Rip Torn join Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in black comedy 'Bernie'

Matthew-McConaughey-Rip-TornImage Credit: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images; John Shearer/WireImage.comMatthew McConaughey is reteaming with his Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater for his newest role—so does that mean we can expect more wisdom from pot-smoking character David Wooderson? Not so much, actually. McConaughey—and Rip Torn!—joins the black comedy Bernie, which is surprisingly based on a true story, alongside Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. The actor’s role sounds like it couldn’t be farther from Wooderson.

The story goes like this: Black portrays Bernie, a funeral home director in small-town Texas who makes friends with a widow played by Shirley MacLaine. Black eventually kills her and keeps her body in the freezer. The town goes crazy with happiness! (Note: That kind of irony makes this exactly my kind of movie.) McConaughey pops up as DA Danny Buck Davidson, which follows the actor’s smart legal turns in movies like A Time to Kill. Torn, meanwhile, plays the defense lawyer who’ll go head-to-head with McConaughey. The movie is based on a riveting story that ran in Texas Monthly back in 1998. According to the first few paragraphs of the piece, the real-life Danny Buck, who McConaughey’s portraying, can sing “Amazing Grace” like no one else and is “bulldog-faced.” I get the bulldog part, sure, but McConaughey singing? I’d die to see that. Does People‘s oft-Sexiest Man Alive turn in Bernie intrigue you? And who’d win in a McConaughey-Torn showdown?

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  • Templar

    Well, let’s see. Torn can certainly act rings around McConaughey. Black and MacLaine are gifted actors, which makes Matthew the lightweight here. The script will dictate the courtroom winner. Otherwise, no contest. The film looks very interesting.

    • Jackie

      Actually, you just have to know where to look to see McConaughey’s talent at its best. As Tanner mentioned, he was excellent in “A Time To Kill”, and he was also very good in “U-571″.

  • zomg

    Article says…

    “You got to admit nobody could sing ‘Amazing Grace’ like Bernie could,” someone else said.

    So no, McConaughey won’t be singing, Tanner.

  • Carthage Citizen

    There is a mistake…It was Bernie that could sing “Amazing Grace”, not Danny Buck. I live in this town & have my whole life. It was more like a Robin Hood story. Bernie stole from the rich & gave to the poor. Now I don’t see how this could be a comedy, but I can’t wait to see the movie! I hope they have a “Hollywood Premier” at the Carthage Cinema!

  • Robin

    I live 10 miles from Carthage. I remember when this all happened. Mathew McConaughey as Danny Buck. I would certainly pay to see that.

  • Girl P

    The articles author got it wrong. The original Texas article says Bernie is the one who could sing, which makes sense with Jack Black (I guess). And that McConaughey’s character has a bulldog face, which doesn’t make sense (I guess).

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