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 auditioned for 'Titanic' but was left "devastated" when role went to Leonardo DiCaprio

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."

Actor Matthew McConaughey attends SiriusXM's Town Hall with Matthew McConaughey And The Cast Of 'White Boy Rick' on September 12, 2018 in New York City.
Actor Matthew McConaughey attends SiriusXM's Town Hall with Matthew McConaughey And The Cast Of 'White Boy Rick' on September 12, 2018 in New York City.

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!'"

Matthew McConaughey attends his 'just keep livin' pop-up shop on April 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for just keep livin)
Matthew McConaughey attends his 'just keep livin' pop-up shop on April 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for just keep livin)

"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.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend 2018 HFPA and InStyle's TIFF Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for InStyle)
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend 2018 HFPA and InStyle's TIFF Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for InStyle)

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.

Actors Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves and their children Levi, Vida and Livingston attend the final round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 25, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves and their children Levi, Vida and Livingston attend the final round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 25, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)