McConaughey's scary weight loss

A before and after shot of actor Matthew McConaughey. (QMI/WENN.com photos)

A before and after shot of actor Matthew McConaughey. (QMI/WENN.com photos)

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, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

We've heard of trimming down for roles, but actor Matthew McConaughey has taken it to a new extreme.

First, the 42-year-old star was photographed at a charity event last month with his pregnant wife, Camila, looking extremely thin, and now TMZ has posted a new one of the actor looking even more emaciated and gaunt than before.

The picture shows him leaving a church in Austin, Texas, appearing to lean on his mother for support.

But fear not, McConaughey fans - the 30-pound weight drop is all for a new role. He is starring as electrician Ron Woodruff in the movie "The Dallas Buyer's Club," the true story of a man who contracted HIV through drug use in the '80s and has to smuggle unapproved medications from Mexico.

The film, which also stars Gael García Bernal ("Zorro Reborn"), is set for release sometime next year.
 


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