Speaking exclusively to Celebuzz, Woodruff’s sister and daughter reveal why they think the movie star will do justice to the part.
“I think he will be great,” said Woodroof’s sister, Sharon Woodroof Braden. “He’s got that same swagger that Ron had. I’m excited because Matthew is from Texas. I really think he has that personality where he can do what needs to be done.”
McConaughey is playing the role of the Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given just six months to live.
Refusing to accept his death sentence, he turned to alternative medications and ended up creating a lucrative drug-smuggling business that provided drugs to AIDS patients. He lived for six more years.
While Woodroof’s family approves of McConaughey’s casting, they admit they find it painful to see the photos of the Magic Mike star, who bares a striking resemblance to Woodroof, on set, and are “scared” to see the finished product.
“I’ve stayed away from seeing the photos,” said Sharon. “It’s kind of scary. I’m not sure I want to see the movie. It was so difficult to go through it. I remember like it was just yesterday.”
Woodroof’s daughter, Yvette Carroll, adds she’s seen an image of the actor in character and says it brings back upsetting memories of her father in the hospital.
“I remember he was the best-looking man I’d ever seen, even when I was little,” she said.
“It was awful to see him like that. I couldn’t handle it, even at 21 years old,” she recalled of visiting him in the hospital.
“They must be starting the movie with him sick, so it’s hard to see. But I can’t wait to see how he portrays him.”
“We believe Matthew is perfect to play Ron Woodruff, hands down. When he walked in a room there was an aura about him. They both have it! He’s a modern-day Ronnie.”
Apart from meeting with the movie’s former director, Craig Gillespite, in 2005, the family hasn’t been involved in the making of the movie. Still, Sharon hopes they portray her sibling as the “brilliant” man she remembers him to be.
“I don’t know how [Ron] is going to be portrayed. There was so much that went on when Ronnie got sick.”
“He went from being an electrician to a man who studied the body when he found out how sick he was. He figured out a way that doctors could get prescriptions. That was his brain; he was always thinking of things, and anything that was a challenge he wanted to do it.
“He had such a personality and he’d blow you away. He was such a good-looking guy — and he was brilliant. If you put him next to Burt Reynolds, you couldn’t tell them apart.”
“When they said Brad and when they said Ryan, that didn’t excite me much.”
“When they said Matthew McConaughey, I said, ‘That’s it! They got it.’ Of all the people, he’s the one.”
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