Matthew McConaughey has revealed he asked Tom Hanks for advice on how to lose weight for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club.

McConaughey plays an aids victim in the film and needed to lose a lot of weight.

The actor told People, “I actually called Tom and had a great conversation with him about what he learned about losing weight for Philadelphia and Cast Away and I consulted a nutritionist about the best way to do this.

“I was going around and people were going, ‘Hey, are you feeling all right?’ But then I hit 135 pounds and I ran into somebody and they didn’t just ask if I was all right, they said, ‘My God, we need to get you some help’. And I thought, ‘There we go. That’s the perfect spot’.”

He added that he never felt ill in the process, “I fed myself good food, just not much of it. I found through this journey that the human body is much more resilient that we give it credit for.

“Somebody told me they heard a story about how I didn’t have any energy on set, but I was kind of uncontainable with energy. All the acuity, energy and power I lost from the neck down transferred to the neck up.”

Hanks has recently revealed he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and cannot take on any roles that will require major weight change.