What makes Matthew McConaughey weep? When one of his flip-flops gets tangled in the shag rug and he clumsily drops his favorite glass bong on the garage floor? Perhaps. We’ll never really know. But something that makes him sad is passing by the double-VHS of Titanic in his media room and remembering how it could have been his face superimposed with Kate Winslet’s on the cover.
While on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast to discuss his career and the Oscar buzz he’s getting for his most recent movie White Boy Rick, he touched on some of the movies he didn’t appear in. Matthew was asked to confirm the long-running rumor that he was up for the role of Jack in Titanic and turned it down. Matthew says he thinks the rumor was started by James Cameron, and confirms that yes, he did audition with Kate Winslet, and he really wanted it.
“I had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn’t get it. I never got offered that. As I’ve said before, not even half jokingly if it’s true, if that was an offer that didn’t come to me, I’ve got to go back and go, ‘I’ve got to meet in an alley with that agent.'”
He goes on to say that he’s happy with the movies he did end up turning down, with the exception of L.A. Confidential. He believes he was up for the Guy Pearce role. He says it ended up being a movie he really liked. He also says that the films he chose (like Contact and Amistad) in the meantime might have slowed his career path a bit, but there were directors he wanted to work with and it was a personal decision.
Matthew adds that not getting Titanic didn’t fuck up his career path, because he’d still find a way to do what he’s currently doing. But personally? I kind of wish James Cameron would release that audition a special feature on a DVD. Because I need to know if Matthew ever made a character choice that involved pushing Kate off the door and using it as a boogie board.