Matthew McConaughey used cornmeal to replicate AIDS rash

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The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.
March 3rd, 2014

Matthew McConaughey used cornmeal on his face to recreate a rash common in AIDS suffers for 'Dallas Buyers Club'.

The Oscar-winning actor encouraged his make-up artist, Robin Mathews, to smother his face with the porridge-like mixture in order to replicate the skin condition while he was playing AIDS victim Ron Woodroof and she is ''glad'' it worked out.

Speaking backstage at the Academy Awards on Sunday (02.03.14) Mathews said: ''[I said] I can't put cornmeal and grits on your face, dude,' and Matthew [McConaughey] said, 'you have to do this'. I'm really glad it worked out. I thought it might be the end of my career.''

Jared Leto - who picked up Best Supporting Male for his role as a HIV positive transvestite Rayon in the drama - praised Mathews and hairstylist, Adruitha Lee, on their win for Best Make-up and Hairstyling at the ceremony despite the stringent budget they had for costumes.

He said: ''They literally had a budget of $250 and they worked the hardest. They are the first to set. They show up at the crack-ass of dawn and they leave at the crack-ass of dawn.''

Meanwhile, Mathews claims Leto and McConaughey's dedication to portraying the characters perfectly encouraged them to provide the best make-up they could.

She added: ''Everybody knows they [the lead actors] lost almost 50 pounds, [it was a] labor of love. [We thought] They are bringing their A game - we have to do it for them.''