Matthew McConaughey 'drove' Dallas Buyers Club

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 March 2014
Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey's casting in 'Dallas Buyers Club' made the whole movie possible, says director Jean-Marc Vallée

Matthew McConaughey was the "engine" that made 'Dallas Buyers Club' possible.

The star won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as an AIDS patient in the movie, and director Jean-Marc Vallée claims when he got on board he became the driving force behind getting it made - a process which had taken almost 20 years.

He told People magazine: "He became the engine that pulls the train out of the station and brings it to its destination."

And behind the 44-year-old star - who lost 47lbs for his role in the movie - is his family, and Jean-Marc says his wife, Camila Alves, is a huge influence on him.

He added: "[She was there] helping him with his diet and just being there for him."

Director Richard Linklater - who cast Matthew in his breakout role in 'Dazed and Confused' in the 90s - added: "[In Hollywood] you'll have people around you who want other things for you, but [Camila] will approach it as, 'What does Matthew want?' "

The actor's mother, Kay, 82, says she always knew he would be a star.

She said: "Matthew was always so driven."

Dallas Buyers Club

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
  • UK release: 7 February 2014

True story about an electrician who battles the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986.

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