The Oscar-winning star of 'Gold' says the entire film set DISAPPEARED under water while shooting in Thailand. 'Gold' is in cinemas now.
Matthew McConaughey returns to cinemas this week in ‘Gold’ (out on 3 February) playing prospector Kenny Wells, a fictional character loosely inspired by real-life miner David Walsh who brought the Canadian stock market to its knees in the 1990s. Like Wells in the film, Walsh was a larger-than-life character – “a consumer of life” as McConaughey puts it – who died prematurely aged 52, so the 47-year-old actor filled up on life, gaining 47 pounds to look the part. It’s a stark contrast to the extreme weight loss he underwent for his Oscar-winning performance in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.
Inspired by true events, 'Gold' tells the story of Kenny Wells (McConaughey), a modern day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.
Matthew McConaughey has ditched his matinee idol looks for his new movie ‘Gold’. The Texan-born star shaved his head, piled on the pounds, and wore false teeth to play Kenny Mills, a down on his luck chancer who literally strikes gold in the jungles of Indonesia, for the film that hits cinemas this Christmas. The first trailer for the film from Stephen Gaghan, the writer-director of ‘Syriana’, suggests a retro-styled cautionary tale of greed and corruption in the vein of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and it’s exactly the sort of role McConaughey wanted to play after years of being stuck in rom-com purgatory.