Matthew McConaughey talks auditioning for Jack in 'Titanic': 'I wanted that'

Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey was almost cast as Jack in Titanic!

The 49-year-old actor recent sat down for The Hollywood Reporter’s "Awards Chatter Podcast" where he discussed a few roles he wished he’d gotten back in the day. Among them was the free-spirited Jack Dawson, who Leonardo DiCaprio ended up playing, making him a huge movie star.

“I went and auditioned. I wanted that,” he admitted. “I auditioned with Kate Winslet, had a good audition, walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. 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.'”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Matthew McConaughey attends the screening of the film 'Gold' at Ham Yard Hotel on January 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Actors Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attends the world premiere of 'Gold' hosted by TWC - Dimension with Popular Mechanics, The Palm Court & Wild Turkey Bourbon at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Actors Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard attend the The World Premiere Of 'Gold' After Party hosted by TWC - Dimension with Popular Mechanics, The Palm Court & Wild Turkey Bourbon at The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the Build Series to discuss the new film 'Gold' at Build Studio on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 467 -- Pictured: Actor Matthew McConaughey arrives on December 22, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actors Reese Witherspoon (L) and Matthew McConaughey attend Build Presents Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon Discussing 'Sing' at AOL HQ on December 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Sing' at the Microsoft Theater on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Model Camila Alves and actors Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson attend the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala, Presented By John Paul Mitchell Systems at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during the Fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala, Presented By John Paul Mitchell Systems at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Actors Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, and Nicole Kidman attend as The Weinstein Company celebrates the cast and filmmakers of 'Sing Street,' 'Lion,' 'The Founder' and 'Gold' at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO Absolut Elyx on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
NAPA, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute during the 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival at the Lincoln Theatre on November 10, 2016 in Napa, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Matthew McConaughey arrives at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Matthew McConaughey speaks onstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 09: Actor Matthew McConaughey introduces Willie Nelson during weekend two, day three of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 9, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves attend the premiere of 'Sing' during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Matthew McConaughey at the 'Sing' Press Conference at the Fairmont Hotel on September 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the 'Sing' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Actors Nick Kroll, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, singers Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and actor Taron Egerton attend the 'Sing' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Actor Matthew McConaughey arrives at the premiere of Focus Features' 'Kubo And The Two Strings' at AMC Universal City Walk on August 14, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
US actor Matthew McConaughey watches the men's individual stroke play at the Olympic Golf course during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. / AFP / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves attend the swimming finals on day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves cheer for Team USA during the basketball match between USA and Australia on day 5 of Rio Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond gala at Dodger Stadium on July 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actor Matthew McConaughey and actress Charlize Theron pose at the photo call For Focus Features' 'Kubo And The Two Strings' at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on July 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Matthew McConaughey seen filming on June 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by BBD/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Matthew McConaughey and son, Levi McConaughey are seen walking in Soho on June 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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Another role that McConaughey wishes he’d claimed was the lead in 1997’s L.A. Confidential. He admitted that he turned down the role of Ed Exley, an ambitious cop who uncovered a vast conspiracy in 1950s Hollywood. Ultimately the role went to Guy Pierce and the film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two.

"I did turn down L.A. Confidential, I think it was the Guy Pierce role,” he stated. “And that's a movie I really, really liked, and that one sticks out to me as one I'm like, 'Ooo man, that would have been a really good one to have been a part of.'" 

Between his early years of acclaim and “The McConnaisance,” the leading man also starred in a number of romantic comedies, which he briefly discussed in the interview as well.

"It was fun, it was great pay and I learned that, you know what, these are not the type of movies to dig deep [within one's own experience]," he reminisced on the podcast. "They were 'Saturday characters.' I remember saying, 'I'm gonna give myself another Saturday!'"

"I was looking forward to them. I enjoyed going to work,” he continued. ”I was also living on a beach and going out without my shirt on, just like I did before I was famous. I was living a romantic comedy."

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend 'The Dark Tower' New York Premiere on July 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend 'The Dark Tower' New York Premiere on July 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend the special screening of Columbia Pictures and MRC 'The Dark Tower' at the Museum of Modern Art on July 31, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend the special screening of Columbia Pictures and MRC 'The Dark Tower' at the Museum of Modern Art on July 31, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend 'The Dark Tower' New York premiere on July 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
Camila Alves (L) and Matthew McConaughey arrive for the 5th annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala at ACL Live on April 20, 2017 in Austin, Texas. The non-profit group raises money for youth organizations. / AFP PHOTO / SUZANNE CORDEIRO (Photo credit should read SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey, Kay McConaughey, and C.J. Carlig attend the 5th annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala at ACL Live on April 20, 2017 in Austin, Texas. The non-profit group raises money for youth organizations. / AFP PHOTO / SUZANNE CORDEIRO (Photo credit should read SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Actors Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attends the world premiere of 'Gold' hosted by TWC - Dimension with Popular Mechanics, The Palm Court & Wild Turkey Bourbon at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Actors Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attends The World Premiere of 'Gold' hosted by TWC - Dimension with Popular Mechanics, The Palm Court & Wild Turkey Bourbon at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Actors Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attends the world premiere of 'Gold' hosted by TWC - Dimension with Popular Mechanics, The Palm Court & Wild Turkey Bourbon at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend the world premiere of 'Gold' hosted by TWC-Dimension at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Sing' at the Microsoft Theater on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Sing' at the Microsoft Theater on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Sing' at the Microsoft Theater on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are seen in walking in Soho > on November 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves arrive at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves attend the premiere of 'Sing' during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Matthew McConaughey (L) and model Camila Alves attend the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves attend the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Model Camila Alves (L) and actor Matthew McConaughey attend the 'Sing' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend the premiere of 'Sing' during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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The actor admitted that, after a while, he looked back at his career and wasn’t satisfied with what he saw.

 "And I said, 'Well, that's okay, but let's take a pause here and see what we've got to do to try to get some work that is gonna rival the excitement I had in my life at that time,’” he shared.

He went on pursue more ambitious roles, ultimately winning an Oscar for his performance in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club.

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