Matthew McConaughey Talks "Dallas Buyers Club" Diet in Variety

Posted Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:38 PM GMT

With his film "Dallas Buyers Club" continuing to gain Oscar-buzz, Matthew McConaughey fronted the latest issue of Variety magazine.

During his interview with the publication, the 44-year-old actor chatted about the struggles he faced on the set of his critically acclaimed film and his hiatus from acting.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. McConaughey's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Variety!

On "Dallas Buyers Club":
"[While dieting for the part] I ate well. Just very small amounts. Five ounces of fish, twice a day. Cup of vegetables, twice a day. The secret is, I gave myself four months. I’ve got a saying: When faced with the inevitable, get relative. The inevitable was, I’m going to do this. I’ve got support from my family that insulates me. I surrounded myself with everything I needed to go on this adventure. And the focus was exciting. I said to myself, ‘We’re taking a trip, McConaughey. This is a story you want to tell. Those adventures you talk about — you’re on one now.'"

On his break from filming:
"I went to my wife and agent and said, 'I'm going to stop for a bit.' I'm going to sit back in the shadows. I'm getting into my 40s, a great time for a man. I've started a family. I want to take time to laugh and love and enjoy these adventures. I just knew I was going to hold out for a while and things would dry out. I didn't know how long they would dry out for, and that was scary. I would get sent things and the paychecks were great, and I would say no."

On his rom-coms:
"It is a hard challenge to make it work, to tell a story you've seen time and time again that you know what the ending is going to be. You have to stay light, you have to keep it moving. You drop anchor in one of those movies, and the whole thing sinks."

Photo Credit: Williams + Hirakawa for Variety

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