Matthew McConaughey has built a career on being shirtless and buff in films ranging from Fool's Gold to Magic Mike. These days, those muscles are long gone. Yep, the father of almost three is trying his hand at being a serious actor by losing 30 pounds to play an HIV-positive man in The Dallas Buyer's Club.
McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof in the film based on the true story of an electrician who goes underground in 1986 to find drugs to prolong his life. Woodroof is on the verge of death, so it's only appropriate that McConaughey looks the same to portray him.
"I should not look healthy by the time I’m doing this," he told Larry King back in July, adding that he was 15 pounds into the weight loss. He's not looking at it as deprivation, though.
"It’s a bit of a spiritual cleanse, mental cleanse," he added. "It takes a while for your body to understand that it has to feed off of itself and that you’re not going to give it something else from the outside," he adds.
As for how wife Camila Alves feels about it? She's very supportive — and eating for both of them since she's pregnant with their third child.
"He’s losing weight for his new movie and he still has to lose more," she told People in July. "But I’m very supportive. I’m usually the one right there saying, 'You can’t eat this, you can’t eat that,' but he’s very disciplined. He’s really great at it."
Yikes. We're always concerned when actors go crazy for roles. Christian Bale is known for slimming down and bulking up for his various jobs, though even he admits it's not healthy. His secret to dropping weight? Cocaine.
"Oh I do a lot of coke whenever I lose weight," Bale told the Latino Review in 2010 of dropping weight for his role in The Fighter.
He was joking, thankfully. Let's just hope McConaughey can regain his body mass like Bale always does.
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