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Matthew McConaughey does 1980s AIDS chic

Matthew McConaughey plays a man infected with HIV in the upcoming film The Dallas Buyers Club, and has lost 30lbs for the role. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and who would have loved to have been healthier but wasn’t,” he said about the part. “For me, it’s more of a mental thing than a physical thing. I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to. I’m on my way, and it’s what I need to do for the job. It’s a bit of a spiritual cleanse, a mental cleanse. It takes a while for the body to understand that it has to feed itself and that you’re not going to give it something else from the outside."

I admire his dedication to his craft to winning an Academy Award. Seriously, they hand out Oscars faster than condoms in the handicap stall of a gay bar so long as actors torture themselves enough.

One thing’s for sure, the role is a big departure from Matthew’s usual films: