How do actors get so lean for certain movies? For example, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club?

Matt McConaughey weight loss for Dallas Buyers club
Matthew McConaughey, on how he lost the weight for “Dallas Buyers Club”:
“Overall, [I’ve] probably got 35 percent less energy, but there’s been plateaus,” McConaughey told the site. “Getting past 170 was really hard, but then once you get [to] 167 the next seven come off easy. Getting past 160, really hard. But then you fly down to 150. Getting past 150 was really hard and then, bam! Got down to 143 and that’s where I want to be. So, once you get past the plateau, your body seems to understand, ‘OK, this is where we’re leaving now, this is where we are’ and so the energy rises.”
So, how did he drop the pounds?
“I’m doing cardio but I’ll tell you what, the more I’ve learned is—and I think it comes with age too—is it’s 90 percent diet,” McConaughey went on. “It’s 90 percent amount and then what you’re eating because right now I’m not losing any more weight if I burn 1,500 calories, two hours of cardio in an afternoon, or if I don’t. It doesn’t matter. It’s a matter of how much I eat or how little I eat.” Full story: Skinny Matt McConaughey Talks Shocking Weight Loss
McConaughey at his leanest in Dallas Buyers Club
 
Edit:
This is a video of Penn Jillette, Magician and illusionist of “Penn And Teller” fame, explaining, in plain English, how he lost his weight. I felt this well worth watching -Note that he is telling his story, not selling a weight loss plan.

Performers frequently have to manipulate their weight, both to keep any role they have, and to mold themselves into any roles they are auditioning for – or cast in.  In the case of both McConaughey and Jillette, they both used different means, and each had significant measurable results.
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Do you think it’s good or bad that Daniel Craig is coming back for another James Bond film?

I am a fan of Daniel Craig and the James bond Movies. My is hope is that he moves on – he plays Bond with such a serious demeanor that it can detract from the film. He is also a transitional Bond – standing watch as the digital age overtakes the traditional trenchcoated spy.

Just my .02 cents.

Daniel Craig as agent 007 in the opening scene of Spectre – in Mexico City during the “Dia de Muertos” (day of the Dead) celebration.

Daniel Craig Movies on Amazon

Daniel Craig autographs and Memorabilia, on Amazon

James Bond Memorabilia, on Amazon

James Bond: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Spy, from Amazon Books

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Do A-list celebrities still need to audition for roles?

They do, but money is often involved.
A studio may offer specific actors to a producer, based on their known draw. For example, a producer may be told that if you get actor A, we will give you 20 million dollars in production dollars. If you choose Actor B, you may only get 5 million dollars. That is for the A-list stars, who always bring a big audience and large ticket sales just by showing up!
It is up to the producer and director to determine if actor A or B is “right” for the role, so their production will be first class, rather than just a showcase for A-List talent. Keep in mind, even a great actor can’t save a bad script, even if the studios support that decision with production dollars. And a good actor doesn’t want mediocre roles, jsut because they have a strong fanbase at the box office.
A listers have to compete by auditioning when they are up against other a-list actors – especially when the production has a well-known director and a good story to tell.
All the rest of the cast need to audition or have the right age/look/experience/etc. to perform in each role.
From the Web:
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The reality is, Actors audition for roles ALL THE TIME.  If your last blockbuster was a big-budget FLOP, you have to work even harder.  There is a long list of former A-list  stars.
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