The first moment you see Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, you can’t help but wince: The actor looks gaunt and skeletal, his clothes hanging at odd angles from his body, his face tight, like a skull. Then he starts talking, and you practically recoil from the screen. He’s a hateful, mean-spirited creep. McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a good-ol’-boy Texan who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given 30 days to live. At first, Ron doesn’t believe his doctors (Jennifer Garner and Denis O’Hare), because back then, everyone knew the virus was something only “queers” like Rock Hudson got. He continues partying with hookers and drugs, weakening his immune system even further, until he develops AIDS.
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About the Film:
Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling 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.