McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. He initially refuses to accept the diagnosis, but after being ostracized by family and friends, fired from his job, and evicted from his home, he sets out to help other victims get off-label drugs that will keep them alive. This biographical drama is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
When that came out, remember, no one knew about the disease or where it came from. Everyone thought it was a homosexual disease. This guy gets it; he thought he had a flu, a bug he can’t kick. He took his life into his own hands and really pioneered progressive research into unapproved vitamins and drugs that the FDA wasn’t letting into America for people with HIV to take at the time. It’s a wonderful story told from an original point of view. I haven’t seen the subject matter told from the point of view of a heterosexual man.