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Matthew McConaughey: from sexy rom-com king to Oscars glory

Matthew McConaughey, crowned best actor at Sunday's Academy Awards, is a one-time Sexiest Man Alive who swapped rom-coms for more testing roles to finally strike Oscars gold at the age of 44. The Texas native -- who shed about 45 pounds (about 20 kilos) from his famously chiseled physique to play an HIV-positive AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club" -- won Hollywood's top honor on his very first nomination.

Matthew McConaughey: from sexy rom-com king to Oscars glory

Matthew McConaughey, crowned best actor at Sunday's Academy Awards, is a one-time Sexiest Man Alive who swapped rom-coms for more testing roles to finally strike Oscars gold at the age of 44. The Texas native -- who shed about 45 pounds (about 20 kilos) from his famously chiseled physique to play an HIV-positive AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club" -- won Hollywood's top honor on his very first nomination.

McConaughey, Harrelson take on grisly murder in 'True Detective'

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson may be best known as fun-loving comedy actors, but the pair put aside the laughs and their friendship to portray detectives at odds with each other in a gruesome television series for HBO. "True Detective," a new anthology premiering on Sunday, pairs Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) to solve a strange and grisly murder case that takes them deep into Louisiana's dark, impoverished and drug-stricken underbelly.

With career in high gear, McConaughey stays true to acting

With his Hollywood career in high gear and his new film "Mud" out soon in US theaters, Matthew McConaughey said he feels no pressing need to put acting aside for a turn behind the cameras. Speaking at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival Sunday, McConaughey -- a native Texan who graduated from college in Austin and now resides here -- said he has a couple of ideas in the back of his head that he'd like to personally direct.
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