This is a role that people have been talking about for awhile due to the significant amount of weight that McConaughey lost to play the part, a sickening 50 pounds.
But McConaughey says the weight loss was far from the hardest part about preparing for the role. What he had trouble with, according to the Los Angles Times, was getting “ a fix on how to handle his character’s volatile emotional states.”
“Ron’s dealing with different variations of rage. I’m much more of a diplomat myself,” McConaughey said.
Ron Woodroof is the main character, in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He is a homophobic electrician who is diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s. His original diagnosis comes with his doctor telling him he has 30 days left to live. Unable to accept this he starts looking for unproven medical alternatives to ATZ, the FDA-sanctioned drug used at the time, and begins importing them from other countries. The story is based on true events.
With the buzz surrounding the movie it was met with nothing but admiration at the Toronto International Film Festival. Including a standing ovation for leading man, McConaughey.
In the film, Jared Leto plays an AIDS ridden transgender woman named Rayon who helps Woodroof sell his new treatments to the gay community.
“Matthew McConaughey is doing something spectacular with his life, with his career, and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Jared Leto, according to the Associated Press. “He’s doing some of the most incredibly inspiring work. That was a huge part of my decision. I said, ‘If he’s willing to walk down this path, I gotta get in the ring with him. That’s somebody I want to dance with.’”
“Dallas Buyers Club” is set for release nationally on November 1.
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