Matthew McConaughey to lose 30 pounds to play homophobic cowboy who contracts AIDS

Actor has already trimmed 15 pounds off his muscular physique

Matthew McConaughey to lose 30 pounds to play homophobic cowboy who contracts AIDS
20 July 2012

Moviegoers who enjoyed Matthew McConaughey’s nearly nude body in the male stripper flick Magic Mike will be in for quite a shock when they see the usually very buff actor in his next film.

McConaughey is in the process of losing 30 pounds for his role as a homophobic cowboy who contracts AIDS through drug use in the film The Dallas Buyers Club.

‘I’ve lost about 15 pounds, I’ve gotta lose about 15 more,’ McConaughey tells Larry King on the former CNN host’s new web series. ‘I should not look healthy by the time I’m [filming] this.’

The famously fit actor says he is drinking ‘a lot of tea’ and handling the weight loss as  ‘a bit of a spiritual cleanse, mental cleanse.’

‘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 says.

The film is set in the 1980s and McConaughey’s character of Ron Woodruff, an electrician who is given a death sentence by doctors after he contracts AIDS. Instead of waiting to die, he smuggles drugs across the Mexican border for himself and other AIDS patients – drugs that have not been approved for use in the US but could possibly save or prolong lives.

The film is based on a real-life story and is to be directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Also starring is two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

‘It was very tough to get the money for that one, being the subject material and it’s a period piece,’ McConaughey tells King. ‘We’ve been really, really close for a long time. There’s momentum right now.’

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