Matthew McConaughey debuts film at SXSW in Austin

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU and JUSTIN TERRY

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Posted on March 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 12 at 10:59 AM

AUSTIN, Texas — Crowds faced the cold and rain to watch actor Matthew McConaughey and his entourage step out of a small black bus Saturday night for the premiere of "Killer Joe" at the SXSW Film Festival.

McConaughey and co-stars Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon were in attendance, along with the film's writer, Tracy Letts.

The movie, "Killer Joe," is based on the play written by Letts. It recounts the true story of a "murderous Florida family" but is reset in Dallas, Texas.

Hirsch plays low-level drug dealer Chris Smith who finds himself in a dangerous amount of debt. He plans to kill his mother, who is stealing his drugs, to collect her insurance policy and hires Killer Joe Cooper, played by McConaughey, to do the job.

McConaughey, who charges $25,000 for the job, agrees to do it, but only if he can hold Smith's sister as a retainer. 

It is a very dark comedy that the actors describe as gritty and violent. The film is rated NC-17 for violence and sexuality. No word yet on when it will open in U.S. theaters.  

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