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Why David Koresh From Waco Looks So Familiar

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Published on 19 Jun 2020 / In Film Trailers

While the cast of Waco is universally great, the actor tasked with portraying David Koresh frequently steals the show. That actor is Taylor Kitsch, and while he's all but unrecognizable in the role, you've absolutely seen his face before.

As an actor, Kitsch has been around for a couple of decades now, and has built an impressive acting résumé. That résumé includes a memorable stint in one of HBO's most critically adored shows. Unfortunately, that stint ended up coming in the season of the series that critics liked the least.

The show in question is, of course, HBO's anthology crime saga True Detective, which premiered to rave reviews in the winter of 2014 behind the work of Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and series director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Sadly, none of those talented individuals returned for True Detective's second season. Instead, series creator Nic Pizzolatto conjured up a new tale of cops and criminals for the show's second run of episodes. In doing so, he also put together a seriously impressive cast to bring those stories to light, with Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Kelly Reilly and more joining Kitsch for the series second go-'round. It…could've gone better.

With such a stacked cast, season 2 may well have provided too much of a good thing for Pizzolatto and his writing team, as they struggled through an underwhelming, tragically unfocused run of episodes overstuffed with too many characters and narrative entanglements. Though Kitsch's character, Paul Woodrugh, was frequently at the center of the season's melodrama, he was just as frequently among its more interesting individuals, coping with a treasure trove of personal anguish and inner demons that would've been enough for an entire season of television in and of themselves. Keep watching the video to see why David Koresh from Waco looks so familiar.


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