Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Poster


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The budget was also so low for this film that only two-hundred and fifty dollars ($250) was allotted to the Makeup department. Amazingly, the film's artists were able to work within that figure, and the film's Makeup and Hairstyling won an Oscar.
Jared Leto stayed in character as Rayon throughout filming. At one point, he went grocery shopping in character at a local Whole Foods where he received numerous stares and double takes.
Matthew McConaughey lost 47 pounds in assuming his role as an AIDS patient. Newspapers reported his new looks as "terribly gaunt" and "wasting away to skin and bones."
The movie went through various stages before finally being financed with the help of Matthew McConaughey. The first director/actor duo who tried to get the movie made were Brad Pitt and Marc Forster and also Ryan Gosling and Craig Gillespie. Woody Harrelson was also involved with the project at one point.
The "Rayon" and "Eve" characters didn't exist in real life.
Jared Leto lost 30 pounds for his role.
The film marked Jared Leto's return to acting after 5 years.
Such were the budgetary constraints on this 25-day shoot, no customary lighting setups were used for the only camera that was hand-held for takes lasting up to 15 minutes. Rehearsals were excluded and, to the relief of the actors, no post-production looping requested.
During the mid-1990s, Dennis Hopper was attached as director with Woody Harrelson as Woodroof, but financial backing was impossible to secure.
This is the fifth movie to win best actor & best supporting actor Oscars (for Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto), Going My Way (1944),The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Ben-Hur (1959) & Mystic River (2003) being the others.
This movie marks the second collaboration between Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn, eight years after their first collaboration, in Sahara (2005).
Hilary Swank was cast but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
At one point, Gael García Bernal circled a role but never reached the deal-making stage.
Feature film acting debut of Bradford Cox (Cox had previously received credits for soundtrack and as composer).
During the movie you can see a poster of a red Lamborghini Aventador in the office that Matthew McConaughey opens up.
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Adam Dunn:  The Major League Baseball player, a friend of producer Joe Newcomb, helped finance the film and appears in the non-speaking, uncredited role of Neddie Jay, the bartender.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Mathew's character in scene where he quotes "check ya later" to Dr Eve when he tries to talk her into going to Mexico was used in film Dazed and Confused which was Mathews breakout film.

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