Dallas Buyers Club - Review

A lot has been made recently about movie stars losing drastic amounts of weight for roles. Probably too much. Our knee-jerk reverence for this extreme form of artistic commitment tends to confuse shocking physical transformations with great acting. Or conversely, it can reduce what are accomplished performances to self-indulgent actorly stunts. But when Christian Bale ghoulishly turned himself into a skin-and-bones specter in The Fighter and Michael Fassbender wasted away as political prisoner Bobby Sands in Hunger, we felt like we were spying on two actors dangerously blurring the line between Method and madness. The number of pounds they shed was just one facet of their powerful portrayals.




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