The upcoming movie “Dallas Buyers Club,” will be released Nov. 1. It features Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner and several others, and, for many reasons, is gaining attention before it has been released. Here are five interesting facts that help explain what all of the buzz is about.
1. Matthew McConaughey’s extreme weight loss: The actor, who has the lead role in the movie, had to lose a shocking 38 pounds to play a man diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. McConaughey told E News! that he is planning to eat a half-pound cheeseburger when the filming is over. The actor has been on a strict cardio workout and diet, and is now barely recognizable, weighing only 143 pounds. I think many viewers will agree he is much nicer to look at in “Magic Mike” than in this movie.
2. This movie is based on a true story: McConaughey plays the part of the real Ron Woodroof, a man who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986. Woodroof was told he had a short time to live and decided to do something with his remaining time. He began researching different drugs that could put off the disease and found these different drugs around the world. He began the Dallas Buyers Club in 1988 and it flourished. He ran the business and distributed out of his Oak Lawn, Texas apartment. Patients came to him for medicine and for a while it was all under the radar of the FDA. Woodroof always claimed that his business was for the patients, not the profit. He died of HIV/AIDS six years after his diagnoses in 1992.
3. Jared Leto’s shocking transformation: Jared Leto is the lead vocals, rhythm guitar and songwriter for the band 30 Seconds to Mars and later turned to acting. He is best known for his roles in “Fight Club” and “Mr. Nobody.” In “Dallas Buyers Club,” Leto plays a transgender woman with HIV/AIDS, working with McConaughey’s character to smuggle drugs from Mexico to the U.S. His dramatic change in appearance and incredible acting has put him on the 2014 Oscar’s prediction list, and Ashton Kutcher calls it his “‘Million Dollar Baby’ moment.” Watch the trailers; you won’t recognize Leto when you see him.
4. Jared Leto now appreciates women and heels: Leto told Cosmopolitan in a recent interview that he has learned a lot since landing the role as a transgender woman. This is his first role in five years, and he met with several transgender women to get into character. Leto told Cosmo he saw them as his teachers and they taught him how to live as his character, Rayon. He is calling this most recent role “the role of a lifetime.” He also said every man should try wearing high heels because it gives men a deeper appreciation for women. Although I don’t want to see men in Steve Maddens anytime soon, I will say I like Leto’s advice.
5. McConaughey inspired Leto: Jared Leto took a five year break from the big screen after his role in “Mr. Nobody” and focused on his band. However, when the 41-year-old was presented with the part he said he could not pass it up. He saw the dedication from McConaughey and said he was doing something “spectacular” with his life, and he wanted to be a part of it. He decided to take on the role and noted the script as “amazing.” Jennifer Garner has told several magazines she is in “awe” by the two actors in this film and that both are predicted to win several awards for their roles.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I suggest looking it up. The two-minute trailer is intriguing enough, but the transformations are jaw-dropping. The film looks like a great rebound for McConaughey after “Magic Mike” and you can bet I will be at the theater when it premieres.