In this drama-thriller directed by Jeff Nichols. McConaughey plays Mud, who is hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud befriends two boys and describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. Co-starring Resse Witherspoon, and Samp Shepard.
There have been characters I’ve met, and most of them probably being in the rural South [who] had little, you know … bits of knowledge like Mud, but nobody as fully committed and with a full constitution like Mud. I mean, Mud, if he ever came to the so-called mainland and got off of the proverbial island and was sort of reined in by civilization, I don’t think he’d survive. So he’s really getting his knowledge from the stars, from the river, from Mother Nature — and that’s one of the great things about the South. [It’s] inevitable that’s where you’re gaining your knowledge of how the world works, because you’re just engrossed in the middle of Mother Nature.