Will this be the year of Matthew McConaughey?
Already receiving award season buzz for his work in the independent film Mud McConaughey also is receiving praise for his supporting role in the film The Wolf of Wall Street and his latest film Dallas Buyers Club. It’s the latter film that will probably net him the most serious consideration since his performance features a stunning physical transformation as well as an affable, inspiring subject matter.
Based on a true story, McConaughy stars as Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live. Woodroof uses the time he has left to track down alternative treatments which result in groundbreaking personal and legal success.
The first thing audiences will notice from the trailer is McConaughey’s physical transformation. He reportedly lost 38 pounds to convincingly play a man dying of AIDS. He wasn’t the only performer in the film who underwent a physical transformation. Co-star Jared Leto lost 30 pounds to play a transgender character in the film.
Without sounding too cynical. These are the kind of performances catered for award season recognition. It would be hard to see McConaghey and Leto not receive nominations from their performances. With Jennifer Garner also getting a nod for her supporting role.
As for the actual film, that might be a little harder to pull off, considering the dark subject matter and independent film sensibility. But it is based on a true story, and has an crowd pleasing, important message. Which is a recipe for award season success.
The Dallas Buyers club stars Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garener. The movie is directed by Jean-Mar Vallee with a screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack. The film is scheduled for release November 1, 2013.
Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.