updated 02/03/2014 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/05/2014 AT 6:00 AM ET
The story of Ron Woodroof’s (Matthew McConaughey) personal fight against the FDA and the widely used AIDS drug AZT in the mid-1980s has won Dallas Buyers Club a healthy share of statuettes this awards season, and there are six more opportunities on the horizon with the March 2 Oscars.
Woodroof, diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 and given 30 days to live, went on to survive another seven years after this medical verdict, largely due to the vitamins and drugs he smuggled in from Mexico – and which he turned into a business selling to other AIDS patients.
In this deleted scene from the finished film, Woodroof gets into a heated conversation with Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner) while trying to save fellow patient Rayon (Jared Leto). He is seen inoculating Rayon with a syringe full of vitamins, much to the dismay of Eve.
“Do you want to live?” Woodruff asks Rayon. “Get off AZT.”