Matthew McConaughey Shows Dramatic Weight Loss On-Set of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (PHOTOS)

Lauren DiMascio / August 29, 2012

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The normally well-built and extremely healthy Matthew McConaughey  is wasting away for his next movie role.

New pictures of the Magic Mike star show a gaunt and sickly looking McConaughey on the New York City set of The Wolf of Wall Street. Having to lose 30 lbs for his role as a man with HIV in the upcoming  film, The Dallas Buyer’s Club, the 42-year-old recently told Larry King, “I should not look healthy by the time I’m doing that film.”

How did McConaughey lose the weight?

“I just kind of dared myself. I haven’t been this light since I was in the ninth grade. I’m kind of looking at it as a bit of a spiritual cleanse, mental cleanse. I’m drinking a lot of tea,” he said.

He continued, “The hardest part is the first 10 days. 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.”

The Wolf of Wall Street also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill and is directed by Martin Scorsese.

His role in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, which will begin filming in September, is based on the true-life story of Ron Woodruff who peddled black market HIV drugs to everyone in Dallas. The film is being directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and also stars Hilary Swank.

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