added: Tue, Aug 27th '13
Major awards have eluded Matthew McConaughey thus far. However, from the looks of the debut trailer for the upcoming AIDS/HIV-themed drama "Dallas Buyers Club", McConaughey may be looking at one helluva busy award season and possibly his first ever Oscar nomination.
Losing approximately 47 pounds, a pencil-thin McConaughey tackles the role of Ron Woodroof, a real-life Texas cowboy who, in the mid-80s (the height of the AIDS hysteria), is told by doctors (one of which is played by Jennifer Garner) that he has contracted the HIV virus. The devastating diagnosis ultimately leads him into the black market business of prescription drugs, where he starts to smuggle anti-viral medications into the U.S., selling them for a profit to other HIV infected patients (including a transsexual played by Jared Leto).
Was Ron Woodroof a radical HIV/AIDS advocate or a "common drug dealer"? Well, this potential awards contender, directed by acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria, C.R.A.Z.Y.), appears to be using that question to paint a dynamic portrait of a complicated man who was seemingly a saint, swindler and sufferer. In any case, you'll get to judge for yourself when the drama hits theaters on November 1st. Until then, watch the trailer, above.
Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1986, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. With the U.S. still internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, Ron grabbed hold of non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, he established a "buyers club," which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.
directed by Jean-Marc Vallee
starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Kevin Rankin, Denis O'Hare, Griffin Dunne, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts
release date November 1, 2013