Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds for his role in the film Dallas Buyers Club, premiering to critical raves at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The 43-year-old actor plays Ron Woodroof, a homophobic electrician who became an unlikely pioneer for alternative AIDS treatments in the 1980s.
He says the weight loss wasn't the biggest challenge.
“I had plenty of energy,” the actor said this weekend. “Ron’s dealing with different variations of rage. I'm much more of a diplomat myself,” he joked.
The fact-based film tracks Woodroof, who was given just 30 days to live by doctors in the mid-1980s when his HIV diagnosis first came in.