Matthew McConaughey may be best known for his romantic -- and most of time, shirtless -- roles. However, on his next project, he's going to be taking things a bit more seriously.

In "The Dallas Buyers Club," the 42-year-old actor will be portraying Ron Woodruff, a real-life electrician who contracted HIV in the '80s. The story follows Woodruff as he goes on the hunt for non-FDA approved HIV medication in an attempt to prolong his life and the lives of those with the disease.

From the looks of this recent photo (below), McConaughey is going all out for the role, losing enough weight to make his trademark "Magic Mike"-esque muscles completely disappear. As he admitted to Larry King earlier this summer (via E! News), the actor planned on shedding 30 pounds in order to correctly portray Woodruff. "I should not look healthy by the time I'm doing this," he said.

Then again, just because McConaughey's known for his rom-com performances doesn't mean he's afraid to push the envelope in those films, too. Take, for instance, "Magic Mike." As he told Moviefone during our "Magic Mike" Unscripted session in July, "Signing onto this film, the word 'No' or 'Hold back' or 'Let's not do that, that will be too scary' or 'That's too racy,' that was out of the vocabulary," he admitted. "So for me, it was always, 'How do we keep pushing the boundaries?'"

Needless to say, McConaughey will have no problem doing that once again -- albeit, in a completely different way -- in "The Dallas Buyers Club," which is set to hit theaters some time in 2013.

[via E!]

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