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heart and a lot of mean­ing and was also sad and dra­matic in ways.

“I knew noth­ing about him, noth­ing about the buy­ers clubs that came about at that time. I just thought it was highly orig­i­nal [and] I knew I had to do it.”

And, in the tra­di­tion of other stars be­fore him, the six-footer com­bined a stag­ger­ingly good per­for­mance with con­sid­er­able weight loss. In his case it was three stones. The ef­fect is re­mark­able.

On see­ing the film for the first time the ac­tor looked on him­self play­ing Woodroof – he’s in a rodeo stall with two women – he ad­mits to think­ing: “Je­sus, you look like a rep­tile.” Af­ter that he got lost in the story.

“I just sat there and watched this guy called Ron Woodroof take the ride. I was not re­minded that it was my­self play­ing Ron.

“There’s no guar­an­tee of that when I watch a film [but] I watched him and af­ter­wards I could be ob­jec­tive and think ‘What a wild char­ac­ter that was.’ There was the ini­tial shock and then I was in.”

Was it shock or de­light that greeted the Os­car nom­i­na­tion – his first – for play­ing Woodroof?

And has he pre­pared for how his life will go into over­drive if he wins on March 2?

McConaughey gives that lu­mi­nous movie-star smile.

“The awards that I have got­ten are now sit­ting on a bar in the house.

“We have a big bar and my kids like to check them out. They’re ask­ing great ques­tions.

“There’s a dif­fer­ent story with each one.”

Maybe the best story is yet to come. Twenty-six days and count­ing…

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