Anatomy of an Awards Contender: Behind the Scenes of 'Dallas Buyers Club'
8:01 AM PST 11/8/2013 by Chris Godley
Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling came and went as financing woes and worries about the appeal of an AIDS movie abounded. But director Jean-Marc Vallee then met Matthew McConaughey, who began losing weight for the role even before the deal was done: "I wasn’t sure at first. Mr. The Most Handsome Man With Muscles?"
“I felt, ‘I’m free and can shoot and not wait for the big machines and dolly and tracks,’ ” says Jean-Marc Vallee (far right), with Matthew McConaughey (left) and his camera operators. “Jesus, I want to shoot all my movies like this — handheld, available light.”
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“In the editing room, I said, ‘Oh my God, this film is a love story between two men,’ ” says Vallee. “Of course they’ll never have sex.”
McConaughey found comfort working with Vallee: “Jean-Marc would turn on the camera and say: ‘Do what you would do. Be. Behave. Catch me, and hopefully I’ll give you some truth.’ ”
Jennifer Garner With Matthew McConaughey
“Nobody else could’ve played Ron — it was almost other people, but it had to be a Texan with a larger-than-life heart and life force,” says Jennifer Garner, with McConaughey on the New Orleans set. “My character is intrigued and annoyed, kind of turned on and hating everything about him.”
“Jared looked like he might fall over anytime. Especially toward the end, he seemed like he was floating between this world and another,” says Garner of Jared Leto (right, with Vallee).
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