Matthew McConaughey looking skinny after losing weight for HIV patient role in 'The Dallas
And for Matthew McConaughey's latest magic trick, a disappearing act.
The usually robust "Magic Mike" star stepped out on the set of "The Wolf of Wall Street" looking gaunt recently, a result of his intensive weight loss regimen in preparation for an upcoming role in "The Dallas Buyer's Club."
In the upcoming flick, McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, an electrician who is diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and ends up saving his own life with a series of alternative medicines that he trundles into the country from Mexico.
To properly portray the real-life Texas man, McConaughey will have to shed a whopping 30 pounds from his frame, a task that has left the actor with sunken cheeks and a lackluster complexion.
"It's a bit of a spiritual cleanse, mental cleanse," the 42-year-old actor told Larry King last month on King's new Ora TV webseries "Larry King Now." "(I'm) drinking a lot of tea.
"I should not look healthy by the time I'm doing this."
Still, the newlywed says the extreme weight loss hasn't proved to be too big a challenge, even given his usual drive to stay physically fit.
"For me, it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing," he explained. "I'll get down to the weight I need to get to. I'm on the way, and it's what I need to do for the job."
McConaughey joins the ranks of other fellow actors who have undergone extreme weight changes in order to properly play movie roles, including Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Christian Bale.
"I lost the first 10 pounds in three weeks through a detox and then I lost the subsequent 15 in 14 days by doing food deprivation and exercise, which I don't recommend," Hathaway told ContactMusic.com about shedding the pounds for her part in the upcoming "Les Miserables."
"I know when I was a teenage girl I would try crazy things and I do not recommend anyone to do this at all. I was under the supervision of a nutritionist and I had a doctor monitoring me, but it's not fun. You can be too thin."