Get to know HBO's 'True Detectives,' a.k.a. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey -- VIDEO

Who, exactly, are the men at the center of HBO’s upcoming crime drama True Detective? That’d be Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), a pair of vets with opposing personalities.

See, Marty was once a good man, according to his wife Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) — but his “f—ing job, it confused him and it tested him… brought out the worst in him,” she explains over footage of Harrelson slowly lowering a gun and drinking heavily. “Marty’s single big problem is that he never really knew himself,” she continues.

Rust, on the other hand, has the opposite problem: “Rust knew exactly who he was, and there was no talking him out of it. Rust was maybe the least confused person I’ve ever met,” she says, as we watch McConaughey violently confront someone in an interrogation room. So… bad cop/worse cop, then?

True Detective premieres on HBO Jan. 12.

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