Upper East Side of Texas native Matthew McConaughey has two Oscar-buzz roles in inspired-by-true-stories films this fall.
Set to release November 1 is Dallas Buyers Club, the story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped establish a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could gain access to his supplies out of his apartment in Dallas’ Oak Lawn community. His club resulted in a huge network of buyers and sellers, all of whom attempted to fly under the FDA radar. The group imported AIDS treatments from other countries or smuggled in experimental American drugs that had been shipped to other countries but were not approved in the United States.
Given just about a month to live by his doctor at the discovery of this disease, the straight, rodeo rider, good-ole Texas party boy summons up great determination and tenacity that enabled him to live for six more years – during which time he pushed legislation through the courts, promoted awareness of the disease and helped countless other AIDS patients in the process.
Woodroof’s sister, who lives in Como, is reported to have met with the film’s director a few years ago and after consideration of several others to play him including Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, she said McConaughey was the right person to play her brother, stating "they have the same aura."
Dallas Buyers Club is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and stars McConaughey along with Jared Leto, who plays a transgender named Rayon, and Jennifer Garner as Dr. Eve Saks.
Learn more about the movie at www.dallasbuyersclub.com.
Officially slated to release November 15, The Wolf of Wall Street may not make it to theaters until December 25 as filmmakers go about cutting it down from a lengthy three hours.
McConaughey stars with Leonardo DiCaprio in this Martin Scorsese film based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. McConaughey plays Mark Hanna, a former mentor to Belfort.
Learn more at www.thewolfofwallstreet.com.