He lost an incredible 3.5th place for his role as HIV patient Ron Woodroof in the Oscar winning Dallas Buyers Club.
And Matthew McCounaughey has now spoken about the discipline required to stick to a strict diet and exercise regimen to achieve and maintain such a low weight for the film.
The actor, 51, admitted his main motivation was the fear that viewers would not accept his character and the feeling of “ awkwardness ” that would result.
Hard work: Matthew McCounaughey spoke about the discipline required to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen to achieve and maintain such a low weight for the Dallas Buyers Club
The Texas-born actor survived on a diet of diet coke, egg whites and one piece of chicken a day to lose weight to 9.5.
Speaking on the High Performance podcast, Matthew recalled, “ First off, I look like this [referring to his body type now] in this role you watched the film two images. “Oh bullshit. He doesn’t have stage four HIV.” So I didn’t do my job, so I’m embarrassed.
“ So the fear and aversion to being embarrassed is pretty much at the top for the sake of staying disciplined for me.
“Again, we’re going to talk about deferred gratification. There’s something to actually say, this, this sacrifice is kind, isn’t it, “It’s supposed to be difficult.”
Concerns: The actor, 51, admitted that his main motivation was the fear that viewers would not accept his character and the feeling of ’embarrassment’ that would result (pictured January 2020)
However, the longer Matthew trained the easier it got, he said, “ But you start, if you stick with that the more you stick with it, you start to get some kind of honor and pride. with that, and it gets easier because you’re like, and I even have the illusion, when I lost all that weight for Dallas Buyers Club, I got a little pushy towards the family.
Revealing the diet game giving him a certain level of complacency towards his family, he said, “ I’d be like, Oh, you all go out to eat pizza. Huh, shit. You know what I mean? I would laugh at myself and I was like, almost like my king on my own island. Look at me, I am so disciplined. My wife would give me hell, but we had a blast.
“And I will say that this man is really, you have to make the initial choice. What is the hardest part of training? Put on your goddamn shoes and walk out the door. The hardest part is making the decision and when to make it.
Wow: The Texas-born actor survived on a diet of diet coke, egg whites and a piece of chicken a day to lose weight to 9.5
Speaking on the High Performance podcast, Matthew recalled, “ First off, I look like this [referring to his body type now] in this role, you extracted from the film two images in ‘
“And if you go early, it’s not negotiable. And I know I’m going to go down the line and it’s going to get a little wobbly and I’m going to try to argue. Don’t listen to that voice.
“It’s very clear that this is what we are doing. Lock in on these initials and the rest is very simple because you are not trading. It’s negotiating with ourselves, it’s fatigue. This is stress. Here is the well. I can not support it.
“No, you can take it. If you say, “I have no other choice. I’m not giving myself another option, period.” Then it’s like, okay, the survival mechanic kicks in and let’s go, what do you know?
The longer Matthew trained the easier it got, he said, “ But you start, if you stick with that, the more you stick with it, you start to have some kind of honor and pride in it.
Matthew also explained that it took him 10 days to determine whether or not he wanted to do a new project, before confirming that he would participate.
He said, ‘So what I’m going to do is say, I’m going to have a script and a character. I really want to do it. I will start with my yeses and my nays. Right.’
And then I’ll go see my wife to do it. Starts in January. As you do so, prepare yourself. So we’re going to be in Mauritius for four months and we’re going there and here we are. And I have to do it. And I sit in this state of mind, fully convinced that it is, for 10 days.
And I’ve been measuring myself for 10 days. Well how many times have you started seeing the world through this character’s eyes, taking notes, you’re already creatively excited.
Decision time! Matthew also explained that it took him 10 days to determine whether or not he wanted to do a new project, before confirming that he would participate (photo from film)
“ Two more opportunities come up in January that you already immediately said, no, don’t do it because I’m doing this something else. That’s a good reason to generally say yes, let’s do it.
In an interview with Radio Times at the time, he said losing weight had forced him to find new ways to be entertained – rather than just going out to dinner.
Matthew said: ‘I had to relearn how to be entertained because I wasn’t going out, I wasn’t going to dinner, I wasn’t going to social places.
“I wrote so much more, I read so much more. It ended up being this really fun adventure, internally.
But her dramatic weight didn’t come without side effects, as Matthew admitted: “ As soon as I hit 143 pounds [10 stone 3lb], I started to lose my eyesight.
The 6ft tall actor then looked into the condition and found out that the same had happened to the IRA hunger strikers in Northern Ireland 20 years ago.
He insists losing weight was “honestly not that hard,” but learning to reprogram your life was the toughest challenge.
New Stuff: In an interview at the time with Radio Times, he said losing weight had forced him to find new ways to be entertained – rather than just going out to dinner.
He added, “You have to reprogram all your habits, and the days are getting so long. You think it must be lunchtime already and it’s only 9:30 am, ”he says.
“ I kept a diary of my nutrition throughout the process, and this is something that I will probably share at some point as it was quite an adventure. ”
Revealing he locked himself in his Texas mansion to avoid the sun and retain his pale complexion, he subjected himself to a virtual winter.