• Fri, Aug 31 2012

Matthew McConaughey Losing 30 Pounds On Cleanse; That’s Not Healthy

Have you seen Matthew McConaughey lately? Dude is super, super skinny: sunken cheeks, baggy pants, the whole deal. He’s been losing weight for an upcoming role in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, where he plays a man emaciated from AIDS. But rather than doing it safely, he’s reportedly on a “cleanse,” something he sees as “spiritual.”

Matthew’s been known for his fit physique for well, ever. Paparazzi are always shooting him running and working out, so it’s shocking to see him so thin. He told Peter Travers that he’s “drinking a lot of tea.” He also said:

“It takes a while for your body to understand that it has to feed off of itself, and that you’re not going to give it something else from the outside. I should not look healthy by the time I’m doing this.”

Ok, so he shouldn’t look healthy for this particular role, I get it. But isn’t there a healthy way to lose weight for a part in a movie? Anne Hathaway‘s come under fire for her frankness about her weight loss regimes for both The Dark Knight and Les Miserables, but at least she worked with a nutritionist. I haven’t read or seen anything about Matthew working with a professional to keep his weight loss in check, but I certainly hope he is.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not against cleansing per se, but I do think equating losing weight for a specific role with a “spiritual and mental cleanse” is kind of weird, and kind of misleading. Most of us don’t need to sabotage our bodies as part of our jobs, and most of us don’t have the luxury of treating extreme weight loss as a spiritual event, so his public comments make me uneasy. Matthew’s always been a bit out there (the bongo and weed thing, anyone?) but I just really hope he’s serious about losing weight in a healthy way, not just as some hippie way to push out toxins and get closer to the idea of a film character.

Matthew has lost about 15 pounds already, and reportedly has 15 more to lose. I for one am pretty scared to see him down another 15 lbs, no matter how realistic it will look for the movie.

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  • Rebecca

    I honestly don’t think there’s a healthy way to look unhealthy. And this is the job of the actor. Christian Bale was on a diet of one apple a day (or something like that) for The Machinist. The only way to look emaciated for a role is to be emaciated. It’s not going to be healthy. But that’s not the sad part. The sad part is that there will be stories about his diet, what he ate, how we the public can get his results if we just follow his plan. It’ll be The Black Swan diet all over again. “Eat 1200 calories and work out 8 hours a day.” I just hope that McConaughey loses enough to not be idolize or attractive, like Bale. The problem with The Black Swan is Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis still looked stunning and beautiful, so everyone wanted to do exactly what they did, which they admitted wasn’t healthy, but no one cared.