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Making weight for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

TORONTO —If physical transformation is the quickest way to an Oscar — think Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron — then Matthew McConaughey would be a shoo-in.

The Texas native dramatically altered his body, losing some 47 pounds, to play real-life working-class Texan Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Woodroof was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 and told he had 30 days to live. A heterosexual, he was ostracized by his peers at a time when AIDS was the “gay plague.” In the film, Woodroof embarks on a mission to bring non-Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs to patients like himself, traveling the globe and earning the wrath of doctors and the government. What starts out as a mercenary choice becomes a personal crusade that bonds him to a community he’d once reviled.

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