Sickly, Skinny Matthew McConaughey Is Front and Center in New ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Stills

By  · Published on August 26th, 2013

Matthew McConaughey, in continuing his transition away from “alright alright alright” McConaughey, and into “adult who wears clothes and makes adult choices” McConaughey,” is next starring in Jean-Marc Vallée’s much talked-about Dallas Buyers Club.

The film tells the true story of Ron Woodruff (McConaughey), an AIDS activist who suffered from the disease himself in the 1980s, a time when it was largely misunderstood and feared. Woodruff, after far outliving the 30-day life expectancy given to him by his doctor (Jennifer Garner), devotes his life to smuggling and selling treatments to HIV and AIDS patients who don’t have the time to wait for the government to help them.

In the new stills released from the film, we get a good look at an extremely slimmed-down McConaughey as Woodruff, which has been talked about at great lengths in the press since the moment his casting was announced. As dangerous as starving himself was, McConaughey looks the part ‐ it’s jarring. I sincerely hope he gorged himself on burritos while jamming on his bongos after shooting wrapped. In the various shots, as you can see, Woodruff negotiates with doctors, including a very concerned looking Garner, and appears to be making a few deals with potential buyers. The outfits are all on point for 1980’s Texas as well. Garner in the shot with McConaughey looks like the girl from a teen movie who would be beautiful at prom if only she would take off her glasses. Take a look:

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Dallas Buyers Club premieres at TIFF and will be in theaters December 6th. [The Playlist]