Matthew McConaughey delivers impassioned, ecstatic speech at SAG Awards

Actor won award for Dallas Buyers Club

Christopher Hooton
Monday 20 January 2014 12:33
Matthew McConaughey shed weight for Dallas Buyers Club (Picture: YouTube)
Matthew McConaughey shed weight for Dallas Buyers Club (Picture: YouTube)

All eyes were not on Jennifer Lawrence for once when she presented a prize at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Matthew McConaughey stealing focus with a spirited acceptance speech for Dallas Buyers Club.

McConaughey practically leapt to the stage to receive the award for Male Actor in a Leading Role, thanking his fellow actors who voted for the prize.

He went on to discuss how brilliant it feels when one finds a role they can truly inhabit, as was the case with Dallas Buyers Club in which he played a drug smuggling AIDS patient.

"I've been able to recently find some characters that I could humble myself to their humanities and then get feverishly drunk on their obsessions," he told the audience. "And that's really been fun for me.

"There's a magic place we as actors strive to get to and we don't always get there but when we touch it it's magic," he continued.

"When you're seeing the character from the inside out, when you're walking out every day and everything you see and smell and touch and observe is coming through that character and it's making sense and you're the subject, you're the eye, you're first person seeing it - that doesn't always happen - but boy when it does it feels like they could put a blindfold on you and put you in a spaceship and take you to Neptune and you could hop off on the planet and they better have the sprockets rolling because when you get off that spaceship because you are going to behave as your man. That, is a glorious feeling."

McConaughey is now in the frame for the Best Actor award at this year's Oscars, where Dallas Buyers Club will also vie for Best Film.

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