Matthew McConaughey may be one of the most famous actors in the world, but he’s also one of the most underrated. He shifts seamlessly from rom-coms to action, while cultivating a bunch of solid indie work and supporting roles on the side. He’s still best known for his cool, cocky grin, Texas swagger and off-screen antics (naked bongo drum party, anyone?), though that’s slowly been changing in recent years with memorable turns in Killer Joe, Magic Mike and Mud.
Finally, the real game-changer is here. McConaughey’s work as an HIV positive man supplying drugs for fellow patients in Dallas Buyer’s Club is undeniably excellent, and we’re sure to see him on awards show short lists in coming months. Obviously this is a great time to brush up on McConaughey’s most memorable roles, and we’ve got a perfect list of his finest films for you to review. Some are excellent, some are terrible, and some are recommended to VH1 by the actor himself. Behold, the 20 Most Essential Matthew McConaughey Movies to watch RIGHT NOW. (In reverse chronological order, because we’re anal like that.)
We’d like to start by saying that we love our work. We just love pizza, ice cream cakes and those Girl Scout cookies with the coconut a hell of a lot more. And that’s the thing that separates us from the truly great actors. Well, that and a zillion KFC buckets worth of talent! Uber-dedicated movie stars will sometimes go the extra mile and put their bodies through insane physical transformations that make us sore just watching them up there on the big screen. Many hit the gym ruthlessly to purge every excess pound from their body and slim down, while some (occasionally) take a few weeks to pack on the pounds for a role. If it were us we’d choose the pound-packing parts exclusively, but hey!
More recently Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took the tougher route and each shed an unbelievable amount of weight for their respective roles. Anne famously lost 25 pounds for the part of Fantine in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables by eating two thin squares of oatmeal paste a day! We imagine that includes no dessert? McConaughey jettisoned his Magic Mike six-pack to play the HIV positive lead in Dallas Buyers Club, and his whopping 40 pound weight loss has lead some to wonder if he’s going too far. It’s got to be rough, but they certainly aren’t the first famous folks to go through such a dramatic body overhaul before going in front of the camera. Head on down to the gallery below for more thespians who took their bodies to crazy town, all in the name of their art. Sit down with a nice bag of chips and enjoy!
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Clearly, we are not doctors. If we were, our patients would be so angry they had to wait for hours in those little dressing gowns while we wrote blog posts. But even we lay people had to take pause at Matthew McConaughey‘s comments about dropping 40 lbs to play the HIV-positive protagonist of the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club. “I’m eating fresh fish. I’m just eating small amounts. I’m not being starved,” McConaughey told The Daily Beast. “If anything, it’s as much a spiritual journey as it is physical.” Riiiight. While we’re sure McConaughey has the finest nutritionists millions of dollars can buy at his disposal, is it really possible for an already slender 183 lbs person to lose 40 lbs without actively starving themselves? Isn’t starving himself…kind of exactly what McConaughey’s role requires?
Obviously, losing a significant amount of weight for a role is the hallmark of the serious actor: Christian Bale in The Mechanic, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, Anne Hathaway for the upcoming Les Miz. The list goes on. More over, we think it’s up to the actor or actress to do what they’re comfortable with. On the other hand, dropping 40 lbs off a Magic Mike-ready body does not sound like it’s in your internal organs’ best interest. “Everything has shrunk quite a bit. … I don’t have the leverage I used to. I have body soreness,” McConaughey admitted, adding, “[But] I’m as healthy as can be. My blood pressure, everything’s fine.” We believe you, Mattie M. It’s just…lord, those cheekbones. That just does not seem right.
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Jared Leto showed off his newly shaved eyebrows Monday night as he arrived at the 22nd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City. Thanks, Jared, we weren’t planning on sleeping between now and Christmas, anyhow. The freaky new look is apparently for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club, the same flick that caused Matthew McConaughey to starve himself down to the size of our pinky. Jared himself was recently photographed in some very loud drag for the role. Damn, this movie has gotta be some serious Oscar-bait!
We’ve all heard about actors changing their hairstyles for film roles, but it’s a bit more rare to be told to buzz the brows! But still Leto is by no means the first guy who’s had to do crazy stuff to his eyebrows in the name of Hollywood glory. Head down to the gallery below to see 10 famous faces with some wacked out brows!
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