Matthew McConaughey’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” received a standing ovation from the attendees at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to a Sept. 8 report from The Associated Press.
Those at the festival were among the first to see McConaughey’s highly-anticipated performance. Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a Texas man with HIV in the 1980s. The film follows Ron’s anger toward the Food and Drug Administration and his entrepreneurial ways of obtaining more promising drugs.
McConaughey lost nearly 50 pounds for the role, and The Associated Press reports that he “appears startlingly gaunt throughout the film.” The weight loss was not the most difficult part for him, though, McConaughey said. It was actually the “easy decision” for him.
“I would have been embarrassed standing here looking like I do now playing the guy,” he said.
It’s another strong year for McConaughey, who also received praise for his role in the critically acclaimed, coming-of-age story, “Mud.”
“Dallas Buyers Club” opens in the U.S. on Nov. 1.