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Flavorwire Interview: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Wild’ Director Jean-Marc Vallée

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Dallas Buyers Club, which opens in limited release today, is one of my favorite movies of the fall, certainly the best of the major releases so far. It follows the true story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who contracted AIDS in the early 1980s. Dissatisfied with the bad prognosis he was given, like many AIDS patients at the time, he began to do his own research into the available treatments and eventually imported his own drugs. He shared them with others through a financial arrangement he called a “Buyers’ Club.”
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‘Dallas Buyers Club': Come for the McConaughey, Stay for the Leto

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There’s been no shortage of commentary on the second act of Matthew McConaughey’s career, and for good reason — the Texas actor and heartthrob transformed himself, in the space of a mere calendar year, from the snort-worthy star of interchangeable dopey romantic comedies to one of our most interesting and unpredictable actors. So the fact that he is so very good, tough, touching, human, and physically astonishing (he lost nearly 40 pounds for his latest role), isn’t quite news. What’s interesting about his new film, Dallas Buyers Club, is the similarly remarkable work of Jared Leto, another actor whom we’d all but written off.
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