It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The first trailer for “Dallas Buyers Club”, the film that nearly put former pretty boys, now turned very serious actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto into comas.
I’ll level with you. I never liked the way the Academy seemed to rank certain “acting” performances, paying way too much attention to the physical transformations of actors than their actual skills, range and expressed emotions.
Charlize Theron in “Monster”, Salma Hayek in “Frida”, Will Smith in “Ali” (and I could go on) are just some of the examples off the top of my head of grossly overrated acting achievements that have gotten the Academy’s appreciation mostly through solid makeup efforts or excellent athletic preparation.
Which is why I’m not overly impressed with McConaughey’s skeletal appearance in “Dallas Buyers Club” or Leto’s drag figure. Then again, I’d be shocked, nay dismayed if the two were not to be nominated for next year’s Oscars.
And that’s because they’ve not only risked their health to play Ron Woodroof and Rayon in the drama, they’ve completely transcended from their day to day personas into that of hustler turned businessman (read: drug dealer) turned hope-giver and lewd, sexually confused man turned business… person turned equal rights fighter.
And that, my friends, is the biggest sacrifice of them all and the number one reason why these two should be given all the recognition in the world. Of course, I’m probably jumping the gun a little, as “Dallas Buyers Club” is only slated to hit theaters on November 1, but I have a very strong hunch about this. Don’t prove me wrong, Matt, Jared, Jean-Marc Vallée (aka the film’s director).