Matthew McConaughey says he really wanted the role of Jack in 1997’s “Titanic”.
The Oscar-winning actor, 49, opened up to The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter Podcast” about how he almost nabbed that big role.
“I went and auditioned. I wanted that,” he admitted. “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. And as I’ve said before not even half-jokingly if it’s true, if that was an offer and it didn’t come to me, I’ve got to go back and go, ‘I’ve got to meet in an alley with that agent.’”
But the role of Jack, which ultimately went to Leonardo DiCaprio, wasn’t the only part that got away, McConaughey says he regrets missing out on “L.A. Confidential”.
“I did turn down ‘L.A. Confidential’, I think it was the Guy Pierce role,” he stated. “And that’s a movie I really, really liked, and that one sticks out to me as one I’m like, ‘Man, that would have been a really good one to have been a part of.'”
Despite not starring in two highly popular films, McConaughey did go on to win an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club” in 2013.
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