In many ways, the 1997 facility Titanic The last was the old school Hollywood blockbuster, relying on star power and a dramatic story to win over audiences rather than CGI or brand recognition. The rumors surrounding the making of the film have since taken on epic proportions. There was a long-standing legend that Matthew McConaghy was set to play the lead role of Jack Dawson by the time Leonardo DiCaprio appeared in the picture. In an interview with Rob Lowe, McConaughey admitted that his audition was so good that he was confident that he had caught the part.
“So I went and read with Kate Winslet and it wasn’t one of the auditions – they filmed it so it was like the time of the screen test. When we left, you know, it was one of those where They were, like, following me. And when we got out, they were like, ‘This is great.’ I mean, kind of hag. I really thought this was going to happen. It didn’t happen. “
That time Titanic Being made, director James Cameron was seeking a charismatic lead for the role of Jack. Matthew McConaughey Was already an established film star at the time. But Cameron eventually decided that Jack needed another youngster to play the role. This was when a young actor named Leonardo DiCaprio was brought to his attention.
Unfortunately, DiCaprio was not interested in big-budget romances. Despite starting in the sitcom, the young actor had already made a name for himself with a critically acclaimed performance in the indie circuit. Basketball diaries And What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio had little desire to be a part of blockbuster Hollywood, but his audition scene won Cameron, despite the actor himself making little effort on it.
“[DiCaprio] Read it once, then start moving around, and I never get her to focus again. But for a second division, a shaft of light came down from heaven and burned the forest. “
It is odd to consider that McConaughey went to his audition all the time, was already an established big movie star, and really wanted to play Jack, but Cameron instead prefers to go with DiCaprio, who has to make big budget films There was little experience, and little interest in stardom.
Still, Cameron’s instinct cannot be blamed, as the film became one of the greatest successes of all time. DiCaprio’s performance proved so overwhelming that “Lemania” became a legitimate pop culture phenomenon, and his role as Jack Dawson went on to become the most popular character in DiCaprio’s career.
As far as McConaughey is concerned, he was able to overcome his failure Titanic Auditions and go on to make a string of critically and commercially successful films. McConaghy and DiCaprio meet later onscreen for a brief scene The Wolf of Wall Street, Where Maconayughy’s character worked as a mentor for DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort. DiCaprio schooled McConaughey on a landing, perhaps to make up for the time Titanic Audition.