But we all know who the role of Jack Dawson went to.

By Christopher Luu
Feb 18, 2021 @ 5:35 pm
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The tale of Jack and Rose on the Titanic could have looked a little different. According to Matthew McConaughey, who appeared on Rob Lowe's podcast, Literally with Rob Lowe, he was certain that he'd nabbed the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic — only he didn't. During their time together, McConaughey told Lowe that he got as far as reading with his would-be co-star Kate Winslet. Of course, the role ended up going to Leonardo DiCaprio, but McConaughey assured Lowe that he was so confident in his audition that he was certain it was on his agent, not him.

"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 said. "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."

E! News notes that past rumors stated that McConaughey turned down the role. However, he cleared things up, saying that he never actually got the offer. 

"For a while, I was saying like, 'Who was my — I gotta find that agent. They're in trouble," he added. "I did not ever get the offer."

Director James Cameron explained things on his end, saying that when DiCaprio auditioned, there was just something undeniable.

"Matthew read for the part and then we met Leo," he said on The Tonight Show, according to CinemaBlend. "Leo came in for an interview and I had this weird thing: I looked around the room and every woman in the building was in the meeting ... the accountant was there, the female security guard, so I thought maybe I better cast this guy."