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Published:February 28th, 2014 12:15 EST
Matthew McConaughey Should Get An Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club,' So that Ron Woodroof`s Story Gets Heard!

Matthew McConaughey Should Get An Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club,' So that Ron Woodroof`s Story Gets Heard!

By John G. Kays

I was searching for my ticket stub for Dallas Buyers Club, which I saw last November at the Arbor 8 (Austin, Texas), but couldn`t find it; I collect movie ticket stubs, but don`t know why exactly. Well, I`ll find it fairly soon, it`s buried amongst other types of ephemera right here on my computer desk. I knew, at the time (about 3 1/2 months ago), I was seeing a really great, important movie, and now I realize it was the best one that came out for 2013. I`ve only barely scratched the surface in researching Ron Woodroof`s story (I`m getting there), but had it not been for the movie, this would`ve probably been brushed under the rug, and we`d have forgotten all about it by now (this is wrong!).

If an issue or a person, or a cause, or a circumstance, are destined to play a significant role in the shaping of history, then so be it, that history will be written, it will be read by millions, it will be internalized by all, and will be remembered for all time! The Dallas Buyers Club starts the ball rolling, then they`ll want to take a closer look at Craig Borten`s sources; naturally, at some point, they`ll gravitate to a pivotal article, written by Bill Minutaglio, which appeared in The Dallas Morning News on August 9, 1992 (Buying time: World traveler Ron Woodroof smuggles drugs - and hope - for people with Aids). I would advise you to read Bill`s article first before seeing the movie, if you haven`t already seen it.

I lived in Dallas throughout the 1980s and up to 1995, when I finally moved away, filled with disgust for the city. That`s a way of saying I lived in Dallas when the AIDS crisis first hit; the ignorance surrounding AIDS was tremendous. I was no different than others; I didn`t understand it at all. The Reagan Administration turned a blind`s eye to AIDS, which mainly afflicted gays; Dallas was a Pro-Reagan town, but did have a sizable gay community, which to a large degree lived in the Oak Lawn district of the city. This is the area where the Real Ron Woodruff lived; I lived in this area myself, `cuz, to me,  it was really the nicest part of town.

As I watched the film, I thought to myself, this tells the truth of what transpired in Dallas during the late `80s, early `90s, but nobody is going to find out, since nobody will support the film. That conservatism, ignorance, intolerance, or oppression of sexual preference, which I was fully aware of when living through those times, still exists today. Yet, it`s starting to look like people are warming up to the film; it`s gradual, and if I can do anything to change your mind, if you`re still negative to it, I`ll do so. I suppose I ought to throw in, that if Matthew McConaughey wins the Oscar for best actor, the film`s popularity will most certainly snowball! 

I sure hope I can find that ticket stub, since this is a piece of history I want laying around for the remainder of my life! Not just because of the film, but really more because it shines a spotlight on Ron Woodroof, who demonstrated incredible courage in the face of overwhelmingly negative odds. This negativity comes primarily by way of the FDA, who were peddling the poisonous AZT. Ron finds an enlightened (underground) doctor in Mexico who shows him the way the ball bounces, recommending Deztran Sulfate and Procaine (PVP). Ron braves more than 300 trips to Mexico, bringing these (miracle) drugs back to his clients (patients) back in the States; these people, who couldn`t find help anywhere else, comprise the Dallas Buyers Club.

Please go see this film and please read this DMN article I`ll link for you just below these words. Ron, as portrayed by Matt, wasn`t afraid to do his research, and after a while, knew more about AIDS and what might make a contribution to counter it, than all the doctors who were under the thumb of the Federal Drug Administration. Your heart gets broken a couple dozen times while you watch Matt (and Jared Leto, plus Jennifer Garner) burn up the screen. History is the pain of change; I could feel the pain when living in Oak Lawn. Much of the latent resentment towards Reagan and the powerful conservatives that ruled Dallas (1980s) returned to me last November. Let`s see, where`s that movie stub?