“Dallas Buyers Club” Trailer Is Here. Is This McConaughey’s Oscar Moment?

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Remember those photos from Dallas Buyers Club of Matthew McConaughey looking all scary thin? The Magic Mike star lost almost 40 pounds from his usually buff physique to star in the bio-pic, and the first trailer is out now.

McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a real-life Texas electrician who challenged the medical establishment (and the law) to get non-FDA-approved HIV treatments into the hands of desperate patients like himself. Hoping to avoid government sanctions, Woodroof turned outlaw to establish a “buyers club” that others could join for access to his supplies.

Explains Slate:

After being denied treatment with the new AZT drug by his doctor (Jennifer Garner), he turns to the black market and comes head to head with the disapproving Food and Drug Administration. (In reality, though the FDA did warn AIDS patients about one of Woodroof’s drugs in particular, they seem to have largely taken a “look the other way” approach with Woodroof and his club.)

Check out the trailer below:

French filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., The Young Victoria) directed Buyers Club, which co-stars Jennifer Garner, Dallas Roberts, Denis O’Hare and Jared Leto (who also lost considerable bulk to play an HIV-positive trans woman).

Related: Jared Leto To Play ‘Flamboyant Cross-Dresser’ In New Movie, “Dallas Buyers Club”

“Ron Woodroof’s story is one of an imperfect man and his fight for survival, during a confused and desperate time,” says Vallée. “We all believe that this film had to finally be made, and we are all grateful and privileged to be part of this project.”

Roles involving major physical transformations often translate into Oscar gold. Could this be McConaughey’s year? Vote your mind in the comment section below.

Dallas Buyers Club opens November 1 in New York and L.A., with a wider release in December. 


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.