For fans of the HBO potboiler True Detective, the opening montage is all-too-familiar. Morose guitar strumming gives way to an echoing baritone, crooning, “She twines her spines up slowly towards the boiling sun, / And when I touched her skin, my fingers ran with blood.” A series of images flash onto the screen, superimposed over a bleak landscape. There are the titular detectives, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. There is a bespectacled born-again waving his hands in the air. And then there’s a brief flash of a sultry brunette, topless, alongside a fluorescent crucifix.
The shot of this mystery woman who pops up during True Detective’s opening credits has confounded Redditors. But the image, the most striking and seductive of the panoply, looks an awful lot like ex-porn star Sasha Grey.
I’m seated outside with Grey having lunch in Austin, Texas, where her latest film, Open Windows, is premiering as part of SXSW. She hasn’t seen the aforementioned TV show, so I whip out my iPhone and show her the image of “Woman and Crucifix.”
“What the fuck?!” she exclaims. She’s in shock. “That’s my nose! That’s me! One hundred percent … I’m in True Detective!” she shrieks in jest. “That’s the opening credits? Yeah, I need to find out about this. That’s so weird.”
UPDATE: It would appear that HuffPost and Ms Grey may have it wrong…