An AIDS-drug peddling cowboy?
Remember when Matthew McConaughey was a hilarious punchline? When his mere presence in innumerable, witless, risible rom-coms was a warning as much as a boast?
Well since starring in 2011’s impressive The Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey is on a stunning run of form that has reminded us how his career started with such promise.
In the 80s-set drama Dallas Buyers Club, a moustachioed McConaughey is in stunning form as an HIV+ patient who finds that strict US drug laws are preventing access to important medicines…so does something about it.
The synopsis reads thus:
"In this fact-based drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1985, Ron was blindsided with an HIV diagnosis and given 30 days to live.
With medications still restricted in the US and the country still divided over how to combat the virus, Ron procured non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world through both legal and illegal means. To avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, Ron established a “buyers club” for fellow HIV-positive people, giving them access to his supplies."
McConaughey will follow up Dallas Buyers Club with roles in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
He’s in demand once again and on recent form, with good reason. So why did he spend so long in the creative wilderness? Only he and his enormous bank balance knows for sure.
Dallas Buyers Club is released on 7th February 2014