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Matthew McConaughey continues a summer of jolting performances with Killer Joe, a movie about a family in Texas (comprised of Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, and Juno Temple) who have a wild scheme to kill Church’s ex-wife for her insurance money. Hired to do the job is McConaughey’s title character, who affects the twisted family in ways they could have never imagined.

Playwright Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay for the film, based off his own play which was first staged in 1993. In 2006, Killer Joe director William Friedkin adapted Letts’ play Bug for a film adaptation starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon.

I sat down with Tracy Letts to discuss his story, his relationship with now two-time collaborator Friedkin, and what his impression was of Matthew McConaughey’s romantic comedies before Killer Joe came along.

Killer Joe opens in Chicago on August 3.

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- Nick Allen

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