Matthew McConaughey Almost Played This Iconic Role And WTF
Plus a bunch of other stars who missed out on blockbuster roles.
There's no doubt that Matthew McConaughey is a talented actor -- in fact, his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club earned him a well-deserved Academy Award -- but his latest revelation has us certifiably shook.
Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter ’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the 49-year-old spilled that he almost landed the role of Jack Dawson in the 1997 blockbuster flick, Titanic, but just missed out.
“I went and auditioned for that. I wanted that. I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it,” the actor said.
“I didn’t get it. I never got offered that. And as I’ve said before not even half-jokingly if it’s true, if that was an offer and it didn’t come to me, I’ve got to go back and go, ‘I’ve got to meet in an alley with that agent.’”
While the role ultimately went to Leonardo DiCaprio and catapulted him to fame, McConaughey seems to have done just fine on his own, landing solid roles in both film and television including True Detective, Interstellar and The Wolf Of Wall Street.
And he's not alone -- check the other Hollywood heavyweights who turned down or just missed out on these now-iconic roles.
Matt LeBlanc As Phil Dunphy From Modern Family
Ty Burrell nails the whole goofy-dad thing so well that we legit can't picture
Joey Matt playing the role of Phil Dunphy -- and it turns out, neither could he.
"I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, [but] I’m not the guy for this," the Friends star told USA Today. "I’d be doing the project an injustice to take this. I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do. Plus, I’m having too much fun laying on the couch.” Fair call!
Emma Watson As Mia In La La Land
"The casting of this movie during the six years it took to get made went through lots of permutations, and it's true there was a moment where Emma Watson and Miles Teller were doing it," director Damien Chazelle told Uproxx. While the role of Mia eventually went to Emma Stone, Watson was later cast in Beauty and the Beast, so happy days for all!
Mark Wahlberg As Jack Twist In Brokeback Mountain
According to Irish Central, Wahlberg turned down the role -- which eventually went to Jake Gyllenhaal -- after his parish priest reportedly advised him against playing a gay character.
"I met with Ang Lee on that movie, I read 15 pages of the script and got a little creeped out. It was very graphic, descriptive -- the spitting on the hand, getting ready to do the thing," Wahlberg said, adding, "I told Ang Lee, 'I like you, you're a talented guy, if you want to talk about it more...' Thankfully, he didn't... I didn't rush to see Brokeback, it's just not my deal... Obviously, it was done in taste - look how it was received."
Jack Nicholson As Michael Corleone In The Godfather
Speaking about passing on what's now one of Al Pacino's most famous roles, Nicholson told Movieline in 2004 that he knew from the start the role wasn't his to play.
"Back then I believed that Indians should play Indians and Italians should play Italians … There were a lot of actors who could have played Michael, myself included, but Al Pacino was Michael Corleone. I can't think of a better compliment to pay him."
Will Smith As Neo In The Matrix
Will Smith turned down the iconic role -- which went to Keanu Reeves -- in favour of starring in Wild, Wild West -- though he revealed to Wired that he's actually glad he did.
"I watched Keanu's performance -- and very rarely do I say this -- but I would have messed it up," Will said. "At that point, I wasn't smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be."
Gwen Stefani As Jane Smith In Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Can you imagine what might have been if Gwen played Angie's role in Mr. & Mrs. Smith?! Would Brad and Jen still be together?? Maybe Gwen and Brad would have fallen in love and become #Bwad?!!
“It was between me and Angelina Jolie, and I’m like, ‘Oh, great. I got a shot here,” she told Vogue. “The whole acting thing really feels like something I could do. Whenever I’ve done it, whenever I had moments where it works, it’s just like performing. You hit a moment. And that’s what movies are: a series of moments.”
That sh*t is bananas!
Liam Hemsworth As Thor In Thor
Talk about sibling rivalry! Turns out, both Liam and Chris Hemsworth auditioned for the role of Thor, but it was Liam who got a callback and not Chris (he was added back into the mix later on and later landed the job).
"I came in kind of with a little, I guess, motivation and maybe frustration that my little brother had gotten further than me," Chris told W. "It’s a little family, sibling rivalry sort of kicked up in me."
MINDY KALING AS LILLIAN IN BRIDESMAIDS
They're both hilarious leading ladies, so we can see why Mindy Kaling would have been great for the role of Lillian -- though she eventually lost out to SNL star Maya Rudolph.
"No one ever calls me in to audition for things because I'm so specific," she told Andy Cohen on What What Happens Live. She revealed that Bridesmaids "was a movie I loved. It was for Maya Rudolph's part. I practised it so much and was so into it and I loved that whole cast... That was one that was a heartbreaker."
Jennifer Lawrence As Bella Swan In Twilight
While JLaw made a name for herself through a different film franchise, the actress reckons she wouldn't have been able to handle the whole Twilight hysteria that followed upon the movie's release.
"I remember when the first movie came out, seeing Kristen Stewart on the red carpet and getting papped wherever she went," she told The Guardian. "For me, and assuming for her, it was just another audition. Then it turned into this whole other thing."
Molly Ringwald As Vivian Ward In Pretty Woman
The Breakfast Club star revealed during a Reddit AMA that she was offered the role in the hugely successful film -- then called $3,000 -- before it went to Julia Roberts.
“The script was okay, but I gotta say, Julia Roberts is what makes that movie. It was her part. Every actor hopes for a part that lets them shine like that,” Molly said.
Leonardo DiCaprio As Patrick Bateman In American Psycho
"Christian Bale, who wasn't yet a big star, wanted to do it," American Psycho producer Ed Pressman revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. "Then Titanic opened and Lionsgate sent Leonardo DiCaprio the script and he wanted to do it. But [director] Mary Harron told me: 'Leo will never do the movie,' so wait it out. She was right."