STAR’S JOURNEY TO THE A-LIST
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…