Star Matthew McConaughey has transformed his bulky Magic Mike physique by Christian Bale-izing himself for a challenging, heartbreaking role in The Dallas Buyer's Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. He'll be playing real-life electrician Ron Woodroof, who contracted AIDS in 1986 and smuggled drugs across the border from underground pharmacies in an attempt to save his life.
The actor lost about 30 pounds for the part, and website TMZ snapped this candid photo of McConaughey on set of the upcoming film. The extreme weight loss certainly mirrors what actual AIDS patients suffer through. The Killer Joe star has come a long way from the rom-com darlings he played early in his career to the committed actor he is today, willing to sacrifice his good looks for any role. Hopefully audiences can distract themselves from McConaughey's weight-based headlines and focus on the movie and its powerful message.