He wasn't the first choice for "Titanic"
Wasn't Leonardo DiCaprio the first choice for the "Titanic" lead role? Matthew McConaughey now clears up the rumor …
Leonardo DiCaprio (46) became an international superstar thanks to his leading role alongside Kate Winslet (45) in "Titanic". But was it even the first choice? His colleague Matthew McConaughey (51) chatted on the podcast "Literally!" from what it really was then. Although he was at the casting and auditioned there with Winslet, he was never offered the role. However, those responsible had already made test recordings and told him: "That went great."
He really thought he would get the role. But that didn't happen after all. In the past there have been several rumors that he himself had turned down the commitment and that DiCaprio was actually only the second choice. "That's not true, I was never offered the role," says McConaughey once and for all.
Winslet himself already said in 2017, on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert", that Conaughey should have played with her. Incidentally, numerous later Hollywood superstars also auditioned for her iconic role of the rose. Winslet himself revealed that Uma Thurman (50), Gwyneth Paltrow (48) and Winona Ryder (49) were also in the running.