Matthew McConaughey And Jared Leto Dramatic Weight Loss for Dallas Buyers Club
Published By: Tara ClemSeptember 16, 2013
After a great reception at the Toronto Film Festival, Matthew McConaughey’s film “The Dallas Buyers Club” has critics and industry people speculating on how many Oscars it will be receiving, including Best Actor for his performance, and Best Supporting Actor, for Jared Leto‘s performance. As lead singer of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto hasn’t done a film in 5 year, and has been focusing on music more recently. But this return back to film could be his best performance to date.
But one of the most amazing parts about this movie, are the two lead actors body transformations. Both McConaughey and Leto lost approximately 50 pounds each for these roles. The movie is based on a true story about two Aids victims who had to get pharmaceuticals for the disease illegally, through Mexico.
Weight gain and loss is nothing new for Hollywood actors to obtain their dream role, but to see someone like Matthew McConaughy go from 185 to 130, was not only shocking, it was disturbing! But to see recent pictures of him, you can appreciate the hard work involved in losing and regaining the weight (all muscle) in a healthy way. Drastic loss, and healthy gain.
As we all know, McConaughy is known for his shredded, musclar, fit body, so to see him look like a gaunt skeleton with skin, was…well, scary, to say the least. McConaughy discussed the process at the Toronto Film Festival, and said that his wife, Camila Alves wasn’t happy or fond of the weight loss, and was so happy when the movie was finished.
Like McConaughey, Leto underwent a dramatic physical transformation to play his ailing character, something he’d done before for both Requiem for a Dream and Chapter 27, in which he gained more than 60 pounds to play John Lennon’s assassin Mark David Chapman. “I stopped counting after I lost 30 pounds [for Rayon],” says Leto. “Someone pointed out to me that the difference between Chapter 27 and this was almost 100 pounds. That’s a person, almost. Crazy.”
The emotional movie is about a heterosexual man, Ron Woodroof, a good ole, Southern, hard-living Texas homophobe who in 1986, was diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. Because the drug necessary to treat AIDS patients was illegal in the United States at that time (AZT), Ron and a transgender male befriend each other and smuggle these drugs in, to save their lives.