Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
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  • McConaughey plays Woodroof as a racist, homophobic Texan guy, who by very unlucky circumstances has to form an alliance with the very people he hates so much - gays, cross-dressers, etc. And the reason I know he does this performance brilliantly is because even though the guy he plays is basically disgusting, I liked him
  • Jared Leto does some amazing work as well
  • McConaughey's performance definitely helped him a great deal relaunching his career - he won an Oscar for Best Actor in the 86th Academy Awards, and went on to be one of the most sought after actor in every movie and TV series in the last two years


by Roni GBZ

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    Dallas Buyers Club is one of those movies that is a career builder. Specifically, it is a career builder for the two main actors in the film - Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Both of these actors each get in the film a lifetime opportunity that any actors would kill to get in his professional career, and rightly so. Aside from that, it is also an important movie really worth the watch. So let’s start, shall we?
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof. Ron Woodroof is the perfect archetype of a Texan redneck. He is an electrician, a rodeo cowboy and a gambler, he’s rough and rowdy, and he hates gays and anything to do with them. That is, until he has unprotected sex with a drug using prostitute and contracts AIDS.

    The film is set in Dallas, in 1985, a time when almost nothing was known about AIDS treatment, and the disease was stigmatized as something “only faggots get”. That’s why after contracting the disease, being assumed gay, all Woodroof’s previous friends leave him and he is fired from his job. Woodroof is angry and disgusted but has nothing to do, he has been given 30 days to live, with no cure available.

  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • That is, until he hears from a sympathetic Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner) that an experimental drug called AZT is being tested and has shown some promising results in treating AIDS. He opts for the trials, only to learn that according to clinical research ethics, he may or may not be given a placebo instead of the real drug. That is not good enough for Woodroof, who bribes a hospital worker to give him the real deal instead of the placebo. However, as soon as he starts taking the AZT, his health starts to deteriorate. After a visit over the border to a not-exactly-legal Mexican clinic, he learns that the AZT he’s taking is poisonous, and instead starts taking a protein called peptide T. After taking the protein for a couple of months, Woodroof is still alive, and his health is much better.

  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • In one of his hospital visits, Woodroof meets Rayon (Jared Leto), a cross-dresser woman and a drug addict. In the beginning he is completely hostile towards Rayon. As a stereotypical redneck, she represents for him everything he hates - fags and their diseases which he is now also a victim to. Over time, however, his attitude towards Rayon become less hostile and they strike an unusual partnership - Woodroof wants to make money for importing the drugs that helped him get better, and he knows that Rayon can get him clients. Together they start the “Dallas Buyers Club”, where every AIDS patient can pay 400$ for a “monthly membership”, and then get free dosages of the drugs that helped Woodroof. The plot thickens as the American FDA finds out about the club and decides to fight against it, as the very existence of it threatens their ways of work.

  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • As I said in the beginning, this is a very important movie to watch because it is based on a true story. Ron Woodroof was indeed a real person, and the script was written by screenwriter Craig Borten after he interviewed the real Woodroof back in 1992. The real Woodroof died later that year, seven years after he contracted the disease, and after the doctors said he had 30 days left to live! It is eye-opening to learn just how little we understood about this disease that changed the world back in the 80s and the 90s, and how much damage was done by ignorant health organizations and greedy pharmaceutical companies.

  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • But then again, what makes this movie a real joy to watch is the brilliant performance of the two lead actors. McConaughey plays Woodroof as a racist, homophobic Texan guy, who by very unlucky circumstances has to form an alliance with the very people he hates so much - gays, cross-dressers, etc. And the reason I know he does this performance brilliantly is because even though the guy he plays is basically disgusting, I liked him. I liked him and felt compassion for him and wanted him to win. McConaughey managed to bring true humanity to a character who is as far from myself as possible.

  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • Jared Leto does some amazing work as well. His transformation to a cross-dresser woman is perfect. He is absolutely not recognizable. For this role he waxed all the hair from his body, lost 30 pounds from his weight, shaved off his eyebrows and practiced a different voice for weeks. Watching the film, you could almost really mistake him for a woman. As I said, career building performance that is so fun to watch.

  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013 - biographical drama movie)
  • Amazing performances from leads like that is why I watch films. It is a true form of art when a person can turn himself to a different person, and still bring the human side of this other person to me, the audience. As radical as both McConaughey’s and Leto’s characters are, they both manage to stay completely human, believable, and emotionally moving throughout the entire film.

    In conclusion, Dallas Buyers Club is the kind of film where you don’t know exactly what to expect, but you enjoy what you get. And what you get is an amazing story, and brilliant performances from the two leads. McConaughey’s performance definitely helped him a great deal relaunching his career - he won an Oscar for Best Actor in the 86th Academy Awards, and went on to be one of the most sought after actor in every movie and TV series in the last two years.

    Fantastic movie, go watch it.



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Deanne says :

re : McConaughey plays Woodroof as a racist, homophobic Texan guy, who by very unlucky circumstances has to form an alliance with the very people he hates so much - gays, cross-dressers, etc. And the reason I know he does this performance brilliantly is because even though the guy he plays is basically disgusting, I liked him
In the end he became more humane, he realized that AIDS wasn’t simply a homosexual related disease.

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Deanne says :

re : Jared Leto does some amazing work as well
Jared Leto had almost been forgotten, and to see him again in such a powerful performance was simply amazing. I personally think we should see him in a lot more, he is definitely wasted talent and movie makers should be ashamed.

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Roni GBZ replies :

Jared Leto may have been almost forgotten, but he certainly didn’t forget himself. In an interview he said that in the years before making “Dallas Buyers Club” he decided to take a break from acting, and focus on promoting his highly successful rock band - 30 Seconds to Mars. He was going to continue doing that, but then he got the script for “Dallas Buyers Club”, and felt that rejecting it would be missing a huge opportunity to do something amazing. And he was right.

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Deanne says :

re : McConaughey’s performance definitely helped him a great deal relaunching his career - he won an Oscar for Best Actor in the 86th Academy Awards, and went on to be one of the most sought after actor in every movie and TV series in the last two years
I don’t recall seeing him in all that much in the past 2 years, and I am a movie addict. I watch the crime drama on HBO too.

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Roni GBZ replies :

If you are talking about “True Detective” then yes, it’s an excellent example. I personally think the first season of the show, with McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is a true masterpiece of television. His performance there was strong and unexpected. He also acted lately in two other highly acclaimed movies - The Wolf of Wall Street and Interstellar.

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Andrew Leither says :

Not my kind of movie but I must say that it opened a new area of genre that I am not generally accustomed to go in to, but may reconsider. I enjoyed it and the comments of others give you honest feed back to the movie.

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