The actor confirmed that he was being tested for the role of artist Jack, the impoverished artist hiding on the legendary ship’s unfortunate maiden voyage, thinking he had it in his pocket but didn’t land the role.
The film, directed by James Cameron, made DiCaprio a mega-star, while his co-star Kate Winslet was nominated for an Oscar.
McConaughey spoke to actor Rob Lowe on his Literally !, podcast, who said, “I read with Kate Winslet, it wasn’t just an audition, they filmed it so it was like screen test time.
“I only got nods from Jim (Cameron) but from the producers and Kate after we left it was one of those who followed me and when we got outside they said, ‘That went great ‘. I mean, kind of hugs.
“Are you absolutely sure there is no room on that rather large piece of driftwood, Rose?” Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Titanic
“I really thought it was going to happen. It has not.
“I asked Cameron about this because the gossip I had heard and see about myself over the years was that I had the role on Titanic and I turned it down.
“Negative. Not factual. I wasn’t offered this role.
“I’ve always said I need to find this agent, they are in trouble, but I never got the offer and Jim eventually confirmed it,” added McConaughey.
“But that went on for a while and I had to answer that question.”
Lowe confirmed that he’d also picked a role on the 1997 blockbuster, and said he ran a screen test for the part of Cal Hockley that went to Billy Zane.