What made the actor, known for his comedic genius, sign on to the project?
"It wasn’t that I was so interested in TV -- it was really about 'True Detective,'" he said in the July issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine, which hits newsstands June 23. "What’s interesting about this kind of storytelling is that, with eight parts to tell it and that’s all, you’ve got a long time to investigate the story."
Vaughn admitted that the role was a switch from previous lighter roles.
"I was very defiant. I was more interested in playing characters I thought were cool," Vaughn said when asked about his earlier work.
The new season of "True Detective," whose plot has largely been kept under wraps, takes place in California.
Vaughn said he likes the change of scenery from Louisiana, where season one was set, to the Golden State.
"There’s something bad*** about California and criminals, more of an understanding of a level of corruption," he said. "This is not a bite-sized thing. It’s more of a journey to peel back the layers and see where it goes."
Season two of "True Detective" premieres June 21 on HBO.