Last year was one hell of a year for actor Matthew McConaughey. The actor has recently redeemed himself with a variety of different roles in films such as Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, The Paperboy, and Mud. Next up on his slate are Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and the drama Dallas Buyers Club.
In Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof, a Texas man who discovers he is HIV-positive and only has thirty days days to live. He starts to look into alternative medicine treatments from other countries, and then starts smuggling them in to share with a buyers club of other HIV-positive people. The first trailer and poster for the film have arrived online. Check them out below.
McConaughey plays real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose freewheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.
While McConaughey didn’t earn an Oscar nomination for any of his fantastic performances last year, I have a feeling that Dallas Buyers Club may lead the actor to his first ever nomination. I obviously haven’t seen the film but I can already tell from the trailer that McConaughey knocks it out of the park. Also, the Academy loves it when actors lose a ton a weight for a role, especially for a film that’s based on a true story.
Focus Features will be releasing Dallas Buyers Club into theaters on December 6th. Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, and Dallas Roberts co-star. Jean-Marc Vallée, director of The Young Victoria, directs the film. What do you think of the trailer?