From Creator and Executive Producer Nic Pizzolatto, the third season of True Detective stars Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning actor Mahershala Ali as lead detective Wayne Hays, a Vietnam veteran investigating the disappearance of two children in rural Arkansas in 1980.
The season follows Hays over three distinct time periods, as he struggles with the investigation and his own deteriorating memory. As the years pass, detective Hays in a race against time to fit the pieces together.
Playing the same character over a multi-decade span was not without its challenges for the Academy Award-winning actor.
“I had to be aware of where I was in the story at any given time. It was a joy to do something difficult and work together to figure it out on a day-to-day basis. Every night I would go home exhausted feeling like it was time well spent.” (Mahershala Ali)
Ali’s performance — and makeup — was so convincing, that some of the actors felt they only got to know the older version of him. Ray Fisher, who plays Wayne’s son Henry in the later years said, “They did such a great job with the prosthetics that I joked, I had only really met him at the table reads for the first few episodes. The rest of the time I was with Old Man Mahershala.”