Matthew McConaughey Drops Pounds For Next Role
Matthew McConaughey is a far cry from his “Magic Mike” physique these days. That is because the star is losing tons of pounds for his next role in “The Dallas Buyers Club.” The film is based on the real life story of Ron Woodruff, a Texan electrician who developed HIV in the 1980′s through drug use.
When Woodruff was diagnosed with AIDS, he was only given a mere six months to live. But Woodruff took matters into his own hands and saved his life with alternative medications that he snuck into the United States from Mexico.
McConaughey stated his plans to lose around 30 pounds earlier this summer. The star was hoping to drop all the weight prior to the start of shooting. He told Larry King on his ORA TV Internet Show “Larry King Now” that he “should not look healthy by the time I’m doing this,” meaning filming the new movie.
He spoke of dropping the weight and stated that he was not treating it like a starvation diet. Rather, he was treating the weight loss as a spiritual and mental cleanse. McConaughey is still trying to lose a few more pounds for the role as he had to put a bit back on for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the Martin Scorsese directed film that is currently being shot in New York City with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
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“The Dallas Buyers Club” film has been in the works for quite a while. Hollywood began trying to make the film back in 2002, when a script by Guillermo Arriaga was sold to Universal Studios. Marc Forster was attached to direct the film. Five years later, it was reported that Arriaga was still ready to make the film and that Brad Pitt would be starring as Woodruff.
There were numerous hitches, however, and last year it was announced that McConaughey would play the heterosexual, homophobic electrician. Hilary Swank is also attached to the project and Jean-Marc Vallee is directing the film. The film is reportedly still in pre-production at the moment, and producer Robbie Brenners says that filming is scheduled to start in October. So McConaughey still has a month to lose the last of the weight.
The very first article on Woodruff was released by “The Dallas Morning News” on May 17th, 1989, with the headline “Club dispenses experimental AIDS drugs.” It spoke on the club dispensing thousands of dollars worth of treatments. Woodruff, who was 39 at the time, had been diagnosed in early 1988. On August 9th 1992, Woodruff’s story which was written by Bill Minutaglio ran on the cover of “Dallas Life Magazine.” Woodruff passed away only a few days after the story ran.
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