USMagazine, Thursday, August 16, 2012, 3:30pm (PDT)
Matthew McConaughey is famous for his fit figure, but in recent weeks, he's been photographed looking surprisingly gaunt.
The reason, according to the 42-year-old newlywed, has nothing to do with vanity. McConaughey will soon play an HIV positive patient in The Dallas Buyer's Club, costarring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, 38.
"I'm playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn't. For me, it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing," McConaughey told Us Weekly at the NYLON Guys and Macy's INC party in Santa Monica, Calif. August 15. "I'll get down to the weight I need to get to. I'm on my way, and it's what I need to do for the job."
To help Alves, 30, during her pregnancy, McConaughey told Us he's "doing a lot of cooking! There's a Brazilian dish that her mother does, so we're having it more often than we're used to. That involves a lot of chicken, a lot of cheese and things like that, which I'm not having, but she is. She loves a good steak, so I've been making a good rib-eye for her when I can."