Matthew McConaughey Matthew McConaughey, 43, who stands 6 feet tall - shed a staggering 56 pounds for the role of real-life AIDS sufferer Ron Woodruff in his new film Dallas Buyers Club. He said: "It was tough going, I'm not going to lie. The dieting was pretty hardcore. I was losing 7 lbs every week. I'd have a Diet Coke, two egg whites in the morning, a piece of chicken, then another Diet Coke. That was rough. I got down to [189 lbs] and I was always hungry, and irritable. My body resembled a little baby bird with its mouth open, crying, 'Feed me, feed me,' and you realize momma bird ain't going to feed you. It's hard." The role is a big departure for Matthew after making a name for himself in rom-coms and action films such as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Failure To Launch and Sahara. He claims he didn't feel "challenged" by some of his previous romantic parts and so decided to take a break. He added in an interview with the Daily Mirror: "I would never say I'm done [with rom-coms] but sometimes I felt less challenged than I should have and I think you need a healthy amount of pressure to progress. I don't think I'll go back there unless I find something that really turns me on. So I just sat back, spent time with the family, took some time out to get a little clarity. I was OK for money, paying the rent, putting the bread on the table. So I did that and what happened - I started to get a different call for different types of scripts."

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