As the accolades continue to pile up for Matthew McConaughey for his role in the film "Dallas Buyers Club," the 44-year-old is revealing a bit more about the extreme diet he embraced to play an emaciated HIV patient. His secret weapon? Pudding and a very small spoon.
“I found tapioca pudding and I found the tiniest little antique spoon in New Orleans, a little bitty sugar spoon, and I would eat it with that so it would last longer,” he told reporters at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday. "Oh it was great! I could make it last an hour."
In an interview with the Daily Mirror last year, McConaughey revealed just how little food beyond the pudding he consumed to go from "Magic Mike" ripped to "Dallas Buyers Club" frail — a loss of more than 40 pounds.
"It was tough-going, I'm not going to lie," he said. "The dieting was pretty hard-core. I was losing seven pounds 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 [143 pounds] and I was always hungry, and irritable."
"My body resembled a 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.”
So far, the physical risk and amazing performance have paid off in the form of Best Actor honors from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes. McConaughey is also considered the frontrunner for the Best Actor Academy Award, for which he received a nomination last week.
"There's a magic place that we as actors can get, or we at least strive to get to. And you know we always don't get there — but, boy, when we touch it, it's magic," he said while accepting his SAG award.
Check out a trailer for "Dallas Buyers Club" below.
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