Matthew McConaughey phoned up fellow actor Tom Hanks to ask for some advice on how to go about losing a large amount of weight for a project while preparing for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

McConaughey, 43, plays an HIV-positive drug addict, who, after getting just 30 days to live, launches an enterprise to provide anti-viral medications not approved in the US to others afflicted by HIV. In order to look like his character Ron Woodroff, McConaughey needed to trim down from his 185 pounds.

"I actually called Tom and had a great conversation with him about what he learned about losing weight for Philadelphia and Cast Away," McConaughey told People magazine. "And I consulted a nutritionist about the best way to do this."

At first, McConaughey’s goal weight was 145 pounds. But once he hit it, he felt like he needed to lose a little bit more. "I was going around and people were going, 'Hey, are you feeling all right?" McConaughey said. "But then I hit 135 lbs. I ran in to somebody and they didn't just ask if I was all right, they said, 'My God, we need to get you some help.' And I thought, 'There we go. That's the perfect spot.' "

McConaughey claims that during the weight-loss process he ate healthy, nutrionally beneficial food, just in limited quantities. The actor also claims that dropping all of the weight ultimately gave him more mental energy on the set of Dallas Buyers Club.

“I found through this journey,” said McConaughey, “That the human body is much more resilient than we give it credit for.”

Dallas Buyers Club is slated to hit theaters Nov. 1.

– Chelsea Regan

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