Matthew McConaughey Reveals the Real Story Behind His Titanic Audition

During a recent interview, Matthew McConaughey shared the details on what really went down during his Titanic audition.

By Mona Thomas Feb 18, 2021 9:31 PMTags
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Matthew McConaughey almost was our Jack, but there's a reason for that.

During an interview with Rob Lowe on his podcast Literally with Rob Lowe, which published on Feb. 18, the Dallas Buyers Club star spoke about the juicy details from his recently released book, Greenlights.

In the book, which was released on Oct. 20, he shared what really happened during his Titanic audition.

"So I went and read with Kate Winslet and it was not one of the auditions—they filmed it so it was like into screen test time," he explained. "After we left, you know, it was one of those ones where they, like, followed me and on when we got outside they were like, ‘That went great.' I mean, kind of like hugs. I really thought it was going to happen."

While the audition seemingly went well, Matthew wasn't actually offered the role, despite a prior misconception that he ultimately turned down the opportunity. "For a while I was saying like, ‘Who was my—I gotta find that agent. They're in trouble," he recalled. "I did not ever get the offer."

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Even though Titanic sailed away from the star, he later gained breakout roles in Magic Mike as Dallas and Wolf of Wall Street as Mark Hanna. Matthew recalled telling Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh to give him one line from the script to convince him to join the project.

The line that did the trick? "Well one thing about Dallas is, he's pretty connected to the UFOs man," Matthew recalled Steven telling him. Of course, the Interstellar actor signed on and noted having a blast on set. He even revealed how the cast would do things in character when not shooting, only to discover that Steven was filming the actors the entire time.

For the Martin Scorsese-directed Wolf of Wall Street, that magic line ended up being that "the secret to stock market is cocaine and hookers." 

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Matthew also talked about working on set with Leonardo DiCaprio on Wolf of Wall Street who he called gracious. "He wants you to win," he recalled. "Not everyone is like that. They don't want you to win."