What would you do for an Oscar? Matthew McConaughey will risk his health to lose so much weight he actually looked like he was suffering from HIV.
He was by no means fat before he started. McConaughey was a trim, fit 185 pounds before his weight loss. By the time he was ready to start filming he was a mere 135 pounds. Skinny, frail, and looking like the wind would blow him over.
An interesting aspect to this whole story was that McConaughey actually called Tom Hanks for advice on losing weight for the role. I know, it seemed strange to me at first too until I thought about it. Don’t forget Hanks dropped weight to play a man suffering from AIDS in Philadelphia and he also starred as our favorite man abandoned on a lonely island in Castaway.
What’s a little scary is Hanks was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and there are rumors that it could be due to his drastic weight fluctuations for his movie roles. We certainly hope Matthew won’t suffer the same health risks. There are health concerns with an extreme diet like this though.
McConaughey though says he thinks it was good for him. He said the body is resilient and he thinks the drastic goal was good for him mentally and spiritually.
Are you surprised? This is coming from the guy that likes to sit naked on the beach playing bongos.