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Matthew McConaughey Is Skin And Bones!

Submitted by on October 9, 2012 – 8:16 am Comments

Hollywood has had a long history of smoke and mirrors, make up and special effects to bring a character to life. But not all actors want to use these tricks of the trade; some go the extra mile with extreme weight loss and gain. We call these actors true performers because they become the character they are portraying. TMZ has a picture of Matthew McConaughey looking as if he were on deaths door, and apparently so week that he needed the help of his Mother while leaving a church in Austin this weekend.

The normally buff 42 year old is wasting away and almost totally unrecognizable in his preparation to play Ron Woodruff in “The Dallas Buyer’s Club”. Per TMZ, “The movie is about Woodruff who contracted HIV through drug use in the ’80s and has to smuggle life-saving medications from Mexico. In this upcoming movie McConaughey plays a character that couldn’t be farther from his most recent role in Magic Mike.

McConaughey is surtinly not the first actor to take their movie roles to the extreme. To name a few, let’s start with Natalie Portman who in the “Black Swan” dropped 20 to play a psychotic ballerina. I don’t believe anyone would say Portman is a little big to be believable as a ballerina, but she felt it was necessary to truly play the part.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Portman states “There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die,” Portman told EW. “It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could sort of take you down.” Then we have the other end of the spectrum, weight gain. The actor who holds the record for most gained pounds for a movie is Vincent D’Onofrio with an additional 70 stacked on for his role in 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket.”

Not all actors play havoc with their health to get a role or get into a character, some just get buff. Like Ryan Reynolds did for “Blade Trinity” and “Green Lantern”. Reynolds’ trainer, Bobby Storm, told WebMD the star worked out 90-minutes every day for six-to-seven months to bulk up to 200 pounds. Now that is commitment, I can’t even stay on the workout routine I set for myself and trust it’s not 90-minutes every day.

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Jamie Sibert

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