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A powerful portayal of a true story
on 7 June 2018
Ron Woodroof as played brilliantly by Matthew McConaughey in this dramatised portrayal of his life, is an ignorant and foul-mouthed bigot, homophobe and racist, a sex addict, and generally a man with little purpose except to live for the moment. Early in the movie he has to face being told he is HIV positive, and from then on, his life takes on a momentum whereby he educates himself, and by bending some rules, helps other AIDS sufferers to acquire medications unapproved by the FDA but which help them. Woodroof's actions paved the way for change in the way the disease was viewed and treated, and his story ultimately is an uplifting one, of how an individual and his supporters take on the health and pharmaceutical establishment. His partner in the venture is Rayon, a fellow sufferer and transgender man, played by Jared Leto whose androgynous looks make him ideal in the role, a bit like Cillian Murphy's Kitten Braden in Breakfast on Pluto for much the same reason, playing the character as a transgender man, not a female impersonator. McConaughey and Leto have to be admired especially for having lost between them around a hundred pounds in weight to play the roles of these desperately sick men - dedication indeed!