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Matthew McConaughey Drops 30 Pounds for Upcoming Movie Role

Stars lose and gain weight all the time, so it’s no surprise to see any one actress slink down from 130 pounds to 110 in a matter of weeks for an upcoming movie role. But when the actor at hand is usually bulked up, beefy and the epitome of health, it’s a bit more shocking to see such drastic transformation.

Matthew McConaughey, 42, whose most recent role in “Magic Mike” required nothing shy of masculine perfection, has dropped a considerable amount of weight for an upcoming role.

In a recent interview with Larry King on Ora TV, McConaughey revealed that he’s losing 30 pounds for an upcoming role in the movie “The Dallas Buyer’s Club.” As explained by the actor, he will play a character diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s whose doctors gave him 30 days to live.

Instead of accepting the prediction, however, he began fighting for his life and seeking out naturopathic remedies to try and mend his condition. In the process of doing so, McConaughey explained, he began smuggling medications into the U.S. selling them to people in his hometown of Dallas – hence the movie title, “The Dallas Buyer’s Club.”

Because the actor is usually looking so healthy, bulked up and ripped with muscles, his now gaunt, emaciated physique is a stark contrast to his usual appearance. Of his transformation, however, McConaughey says it’s all part of the job and he doesn’t mind altering his appearance for different roles.

“I should not look healthy by the time I’m doing this,” he told Larry King. “It’s a bit of a spiritual cleanse, mental cleanse. I’m drinking a lot of tea.”

Instead of calling it starvation, the “Magic Mike” actor prefers to call not eating a cleanse. “It takes a while for your body to understand that it has to feed off of itself, and that you’re not going to give it something else from the outside,” he said.

With McConaughey’s busy acting schedule, transitioning out of his role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” into “The Dallas Buyer’s Club” left him just a few months to trim down. Though his official diet has not ben discussed, we can guess that it consists of very little protein or food of any great substance.

In addition to his role as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors, McConaughey also stays busy playing husband to wife Camila Alves who’s currently pregnant with the couple’s third child; as well as playing father to their two children Vida and Levi.

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news source: ABC News photo via pacificcoastnews

August 30th, 2012

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