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Matthew McConaughey Is Scary Skinny for a Highly Respectable Reason

by Jacqueline Burt on November 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM

matthew mcconaughey Whoa, have you guys seen Matthew McConaughey lately?! The dude who's just as famous his super-buff bod and chilled-out stoner/cowboy drawl as he is for his many starring roles in big movies? Well, I don't know about the drawl, but the super-buff bod is gone. Gone! Like so many dedicated thespians before him (Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway), the 42-year-old actor reportedly dropped at least 30 pounds to play the lead in his upcoming film The Dallas Buyers Club; indeed, in recent pics taken on the movie's set in New Orleans, McConaughey looks downright skeletal. Yikes!!

Now, if you're like me, your first reaction to these shocking photos might be something like, "Jeez, Matt, eat a bucket of fried chicken, will ya?! It's just a movie, man!" But unlike some of the aforementioned stars' dangerous crash diets, I actually respect McConaughey's commitment to representing his character accurately. That's because this particular character truly deserves the effort.

The Dallas Buyers Club is the true story of Ron Woodruff, a drug user who contracted HIV in the '80s and was forced to smuggle life-saving medications from Mexico. Sad and tragic, yes, but ultimately an inspiring tale: Woodruff starts out as a "drug taking, women loving, homophobic man" with just 30 days to live and ends up a sort of folk hero famous for bringing non-toxic and anti-viral medications to other AIDS patients in this country (when AZT was the only FDA-approved option).

To sum up, I feel like McConaughey isn't just doing the near-death diet for a film thing as a way of showing off how much of a method actor he can be or what amazing willpower he has. I feel like he's motivated by respect for the character he's playing and the story he's telling. But I still think he needs to eat a bucket of fried chicken.

Do you think Matthew McConaughey is starving himself for a good cause?

 

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  • PRIMA487
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    PRIMA487

    November 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM
    I am truly at a loss with the dichotomy of the two stories run on this site about actors and losing weight for a role.Man good woman bad.
  • Cass
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    Cass

    November 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM
    PRIMA, I was struck by that too. Apparently Anne is a role model, but Matthew is just an artist. Funny how nobody says a thing about, say, Chris Hensworth bulking up for a role, although many anorexic young boys cite that kind of musculature as damaging.
  • lasombrs
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    lasombrs

    November 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I am sure he didnt starve himself and did it with a dr plan and will regain with a plan as well. I dont really know the story but he would have probably lost the role if he wasnt willing to do it


  • paige...
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    paige8608

    November 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    DAYUM! I miss my bulky, tanned douche. 


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