BY RENE RODRIGUEZ, rrodriguez@MiamiHerald.com
The first moment you see Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, you can’t help but wince: The actor looks gaunt and skeletal, his clothes hanging at odd angles from his body, his face tight, like a skull. Then he starts talking, and you practically recoil from the screen. He’s a hateful, mean-spirited creep. McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a good-ol’-boy Texan who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given 30 days to live. At first, Ron doesn’t believe his doctors (Jennifer Garner and Denis O’Hare), because back then, everyone knew the virus was something only “queers” like Rock Hudson got. He continues partying with hookers and drugs, weakening his immune system even further, until he develops AIDS.