There’s been plenty of talk about Matthew McConaughey “going skinny” for a new role. We’ve posted lots of photos of the actor working on the set of Dallas Buyers Club, in which he plays AIDS activist and sufferer Ron Woodruff. “Going skinny” is an abbreviated and cold term for the level of dedication it takes to achieve what McConaughey and other actors have done for their roles. When you recognize that, you’ll see why we’re all very interested in seeing Dallas Buyers Club.
From the director of The Young Victoria, this new film will be hitting the festival circuits in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. It also stars Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Kevin Rankin, Denis O’Hare and Jane McNeill. Check out the new official photos and trailer below.
Dallas Buyers Club opens in theatres on December 6th.
In 1986, the AIDS crisis was still a misunderstood horror, withering then taking its victims, alarming the public and confounding the doctors who sought a cure. In Texas, Ron Woodruff stood beyond the fear of AIDS. He was clueless. So when this boozing, foul-mouthed, womanizing heterosexual contracted HIV, his response was instinctive: Bullshit.
Dallas Buyers Club draws on his true story. When Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is told that he has only thirty days to live, he pleads with a doctor (Jennifer Garner) for what was then an experimental drug, AZT. But he refuses to submit to a clinical trial, so he steals the drug — taking his first dose with a beer chaser and a snort of cocaine. When the AZT dosage makes him sick, he seeks out alternative medicine. Never one to heed rules, Woodruff smuggles unapproved treatments over the border from Mexico. Along the way, he strikes up an unlikely alliance with Rayon, a sleek but troubled drag queen, played with stunning conviction by Jared Leto. The pair teams up to sell treatments to the growing numbers of HIV and AIDS patients unwilling to wait for the medical establishment to save them. It’s a classic story of American enterprise.