Matthew McConaughey is the most high-profile American star to portray a person with Aids on the big screen since Tom Hanks in the 1993 film Philadelphia.
McConaughey plays Texas Aids activist, Ron Woodroof in the new film Dallas Buyers Club, which is released in the US this week.
Woodroof is a ladies man and a bigot when we meet him at the start of the film. After he is diagnosed with HIV in 1985, and frustrated that he cannot get medication that might help him because it is not government approved, he takes matters into his own hands and creates a ‘buyers club’ to supply other people with the disease with medicine.
Tom Brook talks with Matthew McConaughey and his co star, Jared Leto – who plays an HIV positive transgender woman in the film.