The 5 Steps in the Evolution of Matthew McConaughey From 'Failure to Launch' to 'Dallas Buyers Club'

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It's hard to fathom now, but as recently as 2009, if you had told someone that Matthew McConaughey was a likely Oscar contender, they would've laughed you out of the room. For the majority of his career, the actor was better known for crappy rom-coms and showing off his abs than well, actually acting. Now, though, thanks to a string of acclaimed, type-defying performances, including one in this year's Dallas Buyers Club , McConaughey has emerged as a seriously talented star. How did he do it? Let's take a look.

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