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NEW PICTURES: Matthew McConaughey Looks More Skeletal Than Ever

USMagazine, Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2:30pm (PST)

Matthew McConaughey keeps on shrinking.

On Friday Nov. 9, the Magic Mike actor, 42, turned up at Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight to New Orleans -- looking completely transformed from his usual lean-but-muscular self.

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Walking through airport security, McConaughey (sporting an 80-style mustache and shaggy hair) looked downright skeletal in a blue long-sleeved shirt tucked into baggy jeans.

The actor has shed his usually muscular body for a new film role in The Dallas Buyer's Club, which tells the real-life story of Ron Woodruff, a drug addict in 198s-era Texas who contracts HIV. Woodruff became one of the first AIDS activists and launched one of the first AIDS support groups.

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In August, McConaughey told Us Weekly he was eating "small amounts" of high-protein, low-carb good to lose weight for the role. "I'll get down to the weight I need to get to," he said. "I'm on my way, and it's what I need to do for the job."

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"I'm playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn't," McConaughey explained. "For me, it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: NEW PICTURES: Matthew McConaughey Looks More Skeletal Than Ever

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