According to a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Matthew McConaughey got as far as the “testing with Kate Winslet” stage of auditions for James Cameron’s “Titanic.”
“I went and auditioned for that. I wanted that,” he said. “I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn't get it. I never got offered that."
(Kate Winslet has also mentioned this.)
Perhaps ol’ Matthew is wondering what might have been, in light of the fact that “Titanic” sent Leonardo DiCaprio from “interesting character actor” to “global superstar such that an obnoxious HBO program was ultimately based on his fame-level and his crew.” (“Entourage,” we long to forget you.)
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But then McConaughey as Jack would have been a completely different type of, well, everything. Part of what made Leo work in that part was his delicacy, his near-androgyny. It’s the sort of vibe that can make you a sex symbol to a billion adolescents.
That is really, really not McConaughey’s vibe.
That said, speaking of ‘90s-era McConaughey, I would have loved to have seen him in “L.A. Confidential.” ("I did turn down L.A. Confidential. I think it was the Guy Pearce role. And that's a movie I really, really liked.") And he remains absolutely terrific in “Lone Star,” one of the best movies about Texas ever made.
Check out the full interview here.