Remember when you first saw those jaw-dropping photos of Matthew McConaughey looking extremely gaunt for an upcoming movie role? He reportedly shed 47 pounds off his already-slim frame to star in Dallas Buyers Club, a movie based on the real-life story of Ron Woodroof, a heterosexual Texas man who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986 and given 30 days to live.
The weight loss was a hell of a commitment on McConaughey's part, but based on the just-released Dallas Buyers Club trailer, it seems to me that his impressive physical transformation paid off in a big way. He looks amazing in the trailer -- terrifyingly ill, of course, but so in character I'll be downright shocked if he doesn't get an Oscar nomination for this movie.
Ron Woodroof's story is a fascinating one: he was a homophobic, womanizing, boozy figure when he was diagnosed, and he stubbornly rejected the 30-day death sentence he was given. Woodroof studied the disease and its effects on the body, and eventually created a business sourcing and smuggling non-FDA approved medication into the United States to help ailing patients.
By most accounts, Woodroof was a determined, tenacious man, and McConaughey's weight loss alone seems to bring that to life in the role. The trailer also hints at an Oscar-friendly inner journey as Ron sheds his homophobia in favor of acceptance -- and if you're wondering who the unrecognizable transsexual is in the clip, that would be Jared Leto, who plays another AIDS patient named Rayon.
Check out the trailer below:
Dallas Buyers Club will have its world premiere next month at Toronto, and it's set to hit theaters on November 1. It was initially scheduled for December, but Focus Features reportedly moved up the date in the hopes to gain a competitive edge among this year's awards contenders.
My guess is that this move will pay off, and McConaughey will nail his first Oscar bid for this film. The Academy tends to love a buzz-worthy transformation, but it really does look like it has the potential to be a great movie.
What do you think of the trailer for Dallas Buyers Club?
Image via Focus Features