LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Backstage at the Screen Actors Guild tonight, best-
actor winner Matthew McConaughey said his extreme weight loss for “Dallas
Buyers Club” left him hungry in more than a physical sense.
“In a very literal sense I was hungry … for knowledge, for
research,” McConaughey said of learning about AIDS advocate Ron Woodroof, who
smuggled pharmaceuticals not approved by U.S. officials into the country to
help those dying from the disease.
Eating so little sharpened his mind and offered spiritual benefits too,
the actor said.
The 44-year-old McConaughey has been a working actor for 22 years, he
said. Long a go-to name for romantic comedies, the actor has taken on a series
of more dramatic roles to critical acclaim. “Dallas Buyers Club” earned him
his first SAG nomination, and his win came on the heels of a Golden Globe Award
for the same role. He is a strong front-runner for an Academy Award — for
which he was nominated on Thursday.
“We don’t do it for the results,” McConaughey said, but added he
planned to enjoy the moment.
He gave credit to directors Jean-Marc Vallee for “Dallas Buyers Club,”
and also mentioned Jeff Nichols, who directed McConaughey in “Mud.”
“I’ve worked with directors who had a singular vision,” he said.