If you’ve ever wondered what Titanic would have been like if James Cameron had cast a grown ass man in the part of Jack instead of fetus-faced Leonardo DiCaprio, then you better hold on to your bonnet! Kate Winslet said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that she auditioned with The One And Only Texas T-Rex, Matthew McConaughey. Damn! I think Matthew would have been fabulous and much more believable as a worldly vagabond. What a wasted opportunity.
Here’s Kate (at 2:52) talking about the Titanic that got away.
It seems that even though Matthew auditioned, he was never offered the role because James preferred Leo and that’s just the world we have to live in now. For comparison, here are 1997 versions of Matt and Leo.
I’ve got a couple of jokes for you, ranked here from worst worst to least worst.
- Did you see that Titanic starring MM is Rated R for allrrrrright, allrrrrrrrright, allrrrrrright.
- Did you know that MM was in Titanic? What? Yeah, he was the one playing naked bongos with the band as the ship sunk.
- Rose: Jack, if you don’t stop finger drumming on this fucking door I’m letting go.
- Want to see the portrait of Rose that Jack drew in his sketchbook?
According to Buzzfeed, Matthew once talked to Larry King about the chance of a lifetime:
He told Larry, “There was a rumor that I was offered the role — the Leonardo DiCaprio role — in Titanic, but turned it down. But that rumor’s false. I never got offered that role, and if I did get offered that role I’m going to find that agent, because we lost a bunch of money!”
That’s fate for you! Leo got a shortcut to the top and Matthew had to go the long way around.