21 January 2013 8:33 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Back in college in the 1990s, Jeff Nichols had an idea for a movie, about a fugitive named Mud hiding out on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. The man was dirty and mysterious, with a tattoo of a coiled snake slithering up his right arm. He also looked a lot like Matthew McConaughey. “I’d seen Lone Star in college, and it was like… ‘That guy,”‘ says Nichols. “I’d seen Dazed and Confused as well, and there was something about this guy that I liked. He was funny and serious.”

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