God himself could not sink that ship. But you best believe he sank Matthew McConaughey’s chances to be a part of Titanic.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar winner actor revealed he auditioned for the role of Jack in James Cameron sinking ship disaster movie. And though he says he came away feeling good about the project, as we all know, he lost the part to Leonardo DiCaprio.
“I went and auditioned for that. I wanted that. I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it,” the Dallas Buyers Club star said. “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.’”
McConaughey also admitted he regretted turning down the lead in 1997’s L.A. Confidential. The actor revealed he turned down the role of Ed Exley, which ultimately went to Guy Pearce. The movie bagged nine Oscar nominations, winning two.
“That’s a movie I really, really liked, and that one sticks out to me as one I’m like, ‘Ooh man, that would have been a really good one to have been a part of,’” McConaughey said.
Despite his regrets, there’s no doubt Matthew’s career has really hit its stride in recent years. He became an Academy Award winner in 2014 for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.
But, if we’re being honest, no award makes up for losing your one chance to become the king of the world. And that’s probably why Matthew McConaughey is never letting go of that failed audition.