Matthew McConaughey was eager to play Hulk in the MCU, but Marvel rejected the idea.
Matthew McConaughey disclosed he wanted to play Hulk, but Marvel did not entertain the idea. The Interstellar star explained in an interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he’s a massive fan of The 1978 TV series The Incredible Hulk starring American actor Lou Ferrigno.
Horowitz then asked McConaughey if he ever thought of portraying Bruce Banner. The actor immediately responded he “wanted it.” In fact, he contacted Marvel and offered his service, but the studio sent him a “no, thank you” in response.
Matthew McConaughey says he wanted to play the Hulk, but Marvel passed on him for the role. https://t.co/sNC3TKpoJR
This many years on, it seems he doesn't feel alright, alright, alright with the decision.
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— IGN (@IGN) October 29, 2020
It’s not obvious at what stage McConaughey confronted Marvel, but the part of Hulk became open in 2008 after Ed Norton left the project following “The Incredible Hulk.”
Later, Mark Ruffalo was selected to succeed Norton in 2010 and has played the character since the 2012 film The Avengers.
Previously, during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” McConaughey also confirmed he gave an audition for the legendary role of Jack Dawson in James Cameron‘s epic romance/disaster film ‘Titanic’ (1997).
The 50-year-old said:
The audition went really well. Well enough where, when I was left, I was being slapped on the back. Well enough where you go outside and call your agent and say, ‘Oh, I nailed it.’
Despite his supposedly brilliant audition, Leonardo DiCaprio ended up landing the part.