Matthew McConaughey auditioned for 'Titanic' but was left "devastated" when role went to Leonardo DiCaprio
McConaughey said that he was left quite devastated when he never heard back from 'Titanic' producers after his audition
Matthew McConaughey recently revealed that he once auditioned for 'Titanic', but he never got the role which left him quite devastated for quite some time. The 49-year-old actor admitted that he was desperate for the lead role of Jack Dawson in the 1997 movie, but it eventually landed in Leonardo DiCaprio's lap.
McConaughey said that he was left quite devastated when he never heard back from producers after his audition. Speaking on 'The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter' podcast on Saturday, he said, "I went and auditioned for that. I wanted that. I auditioned with Kate Winslet."
He continued, "Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn't get it. I never got offered that."
However, the actor also admitted that he never really regretted his years as a romantic-comedy leading man, even revealing how he loved going to work at the time. He said: "It was fun, it was great pay and I learned that you know what, these are not the type of movies to dig deep [within one's own experience]. They were 'Saturday characters. I remember saying, 'I'm gonna give myself another Saturday!'"
"They were fun. The pay was great. I was looking forward to them. I enjoyed going to work. I was also living on a beach and going out without my shirt on, just like I did before I was famous. I was living a romantic-comedy."
And even though these movies were quite fun to make, McConaughey revealed during the length of the podcast that he worked just as hard on the romcoms as he does now on more serious movies. His most recent big-screen appearance is in 'White Boy Rick', which is based on the true story of the FBI's youngest ever informant, along with 'Serenity' and 'The Beach Bum' coming out sometime next year.
He said: "I had just as many scribbles and dibbles and options and things written on my scripts and pages tagged and feathered and bent then, in those rom-coms, as I do now. It's just a different kind of work and a different place to dig in."
As for his personal life, it is no less than a rom-com itself. The 'Dallas Buyers Club' actor is currently married to Camila Alves, and the adorable couple has three beautiful children together: sons Levi and Livingston, along with daughter Vida.