Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey started his career in the early ’90s. He was first notice for his role in the movie Dazed and Confused. The rest of the ’90s saw him star in such films as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, A Time to Kill, and Amistad, among others. In the 2000s, he became known for his male leads in romantic comedies. This includes The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with Kate Hudson, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Jennifer Garner. In the 2010s, he had notable roles in Magic Mike, Interstellar, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He was then acclaimed for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. He’s recently starred in the movie The Dark Tower. On TV, he’s best known for his role as Rust Cohle on True Detective.
For his role as a man diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew lost 38 pounds. It was indeed a notable transformation for the actor. But losing so much weight to play the part was not an easy task. How did he do it? According to the actor, it was all about dieting. He said in an interview: “I’m doing cardio but I’ll tell you what, the more I’ve learned is – and I think it comes with age too – is it’s 90 percent diet. It’s 90 percent amount and then what you’re eating because right now I’m not losing any more weight if I burn 1,500 calories, two hours of cardio in an afternoon, or if I don’t. It doesn’t matter. It’s a matter of how much I eat or how little I eat.”
When asked if his appetite had gone down while doing the movie, he answered: “Oh, yeah. Even if I’m lying to myself, you know. Your organs [and] muscles shrink, your organs shrink [and] my stomach has shrunk as well. So, as much as I can’t wait to have that cheeseburger on the day [shooting ends] it’ll probably be damn hard to eat the whole thing. When that day comes, and it’s coming, I don’t want to be doing this interview at a Pizza Hut buffet, you know? I choose to pick my places where there’s less good smells and temptations, you know? That’s really nice.”