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When we sat down with Matthew McConaughey last November, he looked scarily thin. He'd lost 38 pounds to prep for passion project "The Dallas Buyer's Club," about a straight man fighting HIV who becomes a dealer in unapproved drugs to stave off AIDS. (The film just landed a distributor.) The actor was fasting and subsisting on a diet of fresh fish and a daily glass of red wine. He was down from 182 to 143 pounds as he was just about to start filming. The actor talked about his new approach to choosing roles, from Cannes entry "Mud," which opens Friday, to a bunch of well-reviewed 2012 indie films.  (Flip cam video below.) There was "Bernie," directed by Richard Linklater, the Texas director who broke him into movies with "Dazed and Confused," as well as "Killer Joe," directed by William Friedkin, the husband of McConaughey's long-time studio champion, Paramount's Sherry Lansing. Two high-profile dramas »

- Anne Thompson

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