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Matthew McConaughey

  1. Brendan Fraser, The Mummy, 1989.      Hero Rick O’Connell was up between McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris O’Donnell and Sylvester Stallone - as helmers switched from  Clive Barker and  Joe Dante to Stephen Sommers. 
  2. Rob Lowe, Tommy Boy, 1994.      McConnaughey was among the actors in rushed auditions for Tommy’s stepbrother even as Lowe was playing it… Because it seemed he might have to quit - he was already making The Stand at the same time. Everything worked out and he continued playing Paul - enigmatic enough, said critic Roger Ebert, to have wandered over from Hamlet.
  3. Jon Gries, Get Shorty, 1995.     "I was probably the 250th person they saw,” said the son of of Will Penny and 100 Rifle director Tom Gries. “Getting it was kind of an anomaly. It's very difficult being nobody and getting a part in a movie like that.” Opposite such heavyweights as Danny De Vito, Gene Hackman, John Travolta.
  4. Brendan Fraser, Mrs Winterbourne, 1996.     Bland replaced bland in the re-make of French hit, J’ai épousé une ombre, 1983,and US tele-film, She’s No Angel, 2001, from the Rear Window writer Cornell Woolrich’s novel. I Married A Dead Man.
  5. Kiefer Sutherland A Time To Kill, 1996.     Signed for Freddie Lee Cobb, McConaughey worked on convincing director Joel Schumacher that he should havethe lead: yet anothertypical John Grisham lawyer Jake Tyler Brigance.Grisham, didn’t want anyonein the role... because it was so obviously based on himself.
  6. Peter Berg, The Great White Hype, 1996.    Funny, he suffered exactly that titular problem since being chosen that year for A Time To Kill.
  7. Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic1996.
  8. Bruce Willis, The Jackal, 1997.    Preferred making Contact with Jodie Foster. His credo, Just Keep Living, comes from his 1992 Dazed and Confused character and is his production company's name, JKL Productions.
  9. Jason Patric, Speed 2:Cruise Control, 1997.      The original script was intended to be the third film in the Die Hard series.
  10. Jim Caviezel, The Thin Red Line, 1998.     After various readings in 1995 of auteur Terrence Malik’s first script for 17 years (with Kevin Costner, Johnny Depp, Martin Sheen Will Patton, etc) at producer Mike Medavoy’s house, the two film-makers saw other youngsters. Including Big Mac.The new generation had beernalertedby Sean Penn -and all wanted one role only, eco-soldier Witt.

  11. Mark Wahlberg, Three Kings, 1999.      Bullying director David O Russell (George Clooney taught him a lesson) had seven  possibilities for hero Archie Gates. Just three for Troy Barlow - Damon, McConaughey and Wahlberg...  who, allegedly, did his electric shock torture scene for real. The famous fist-fight had been over Russell’s treatment of an extra, throwing him to the ground. And then foolishly taunting Clooney: “Hit me!” So, he did.
  12. Kevin Kline, Wild, Wild West, 1999.     Director Barry Sonenfeld was allowed to go for broke to attract Will Smith as West, James West. Had more trouble filling Artemus Gordon’s boots… also looking at Depp, George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey. Like almost everyone else concerned with the enterprise, the star and director hated the movie.
  13. Gerard Butler, Phantom of the Opera, 2003.     Butler, McConaughey, Antonio Banderas, Michael Crawford (Broadway’s Phantom), Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta were on the titular list. Scotland won!
  14. Josh Lucas, Empire Falls, TV, 2005.    Matthew rejected the idea of playing the young version of Paul Newman’s role- which became, alas, his 78th and final screen appearance.
  15. Colin Farrell, Miami Vice, 2005.    After co-starring in Minority Report, Cruise apparently elbowed Farrell out of Michael Mann’s Collateral.  Mann got his own way this time, booking the busy Irishman (and opposite the Collateral co-star,Jamie Foxx) for the overly serious  (’twas written for Cruise) movie of the 1984-1990 TV series. Mac and Brad Pitt were also up  for Detective Sonny Crockett but the original, Don Johnson, had already nominated Farrell…who “can’t remember a frame of  it. A lot of it’s hazy… it really is, man.”  
  16. Guy Pearce, Traitor, 2007.    Change of FBI agent Roy Clayton investigating an international conspiracy possibly led by… his producer Don Cheadle! 
  17. Travis Grant, Zombieland, 2009.     As the riot zombie, when the idea was to have several celebrity zombs - Mark Hamill, Joe Pesci, Patrick Swayze, Jean-Claude Van Damme, etc.
  18. Josh Brolin, Jonah Hex, 2009.     Mac and Emile Hirsch were seen for the DComics bounty hunter. They were probably more  keen than Brolin, who took his  time falling for the black humour. And a half-beard... He could only shave one side to accommodate a scarred-face prosthetic. Director  Jimmy Hayward was one of the Toy Story 1 and 2 animators  - and unlucky enough to open his directing debut on the same day as Toy Story 3.  Pixar sure put a hex on him.  Massive flop
  19. Jamie Foxx, Horrible Bosses, 2010.    Mac was also in the satire frame as the hit-man hired by three abused workers -Jason Bateman, CharlieDay,Jason Sudeikis- to kill their abusive bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell) in a male take on Nine To Five.
  20. Patrick Duffy, Dallas, TV, 2011.    Efforts were made since 2002 to reboot the iconic 1978-92 series (and tele-films) for the cinema. Result? This pilot for a 2012 series.“Impossible to do Dallas as a film,” Duffy toldme in 2011. “A ten hour plot in 120 minutes!I read those movie scripts and they were atrocious Then, I read this - oh my God, this is Dallas as I remember it. It was frightening howeasy it was to slide back into Bobby. It’s all about the sons...Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and I agreed we’d rather have somebody else do the heavy lifting.”

  21. James Marsden, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 2012.   Windows clashed and McConnaughey had to pass on JFK in the film (with 41 credited producers!) based on Eugene Allen, a White House butler for eight presidents over 30 years, from Harry STruman to Ronald Reagan. Marsden looked like a teenager.   By 2014, McConaughey was a surprise Best Actor Oscar-winner. I’m not saying he didn’t deserve it - for Dallas Buyers Club, 2013 - but that I never expected him to ever  deserve it.
  22. Jada Pinkett Smith, Magic Mike XXL,  2014.    His Oscar for Dallas Buyers’ Club, 2013, meant McConaughey was too pricey for  the a second exposé of the the banana hammock business. So his Dallas became MC - Mrs Will Smith as Channing Tatum’s ex, hailed by the UK Sunday Time as a “the doyenne of bachanalian strip club rammed with unfeasably hench, greased-up lady-killers.” When she’d been thinking : “Arrgh! I can’t  compete with Matthew.”  (Except money wise).

  23. Woody Harrelson, True Detective, TV, 2014.    
    Having re-made his failing career by selecting independent films like  Mud, The Paperboy, Magic  Mike  and Dallas Buyers Club (hello, Oscar!), McConaughey was surprised to receive a TV offer And such a corker.  “I read those first two episodes… the quality was so apparent, I felt this was going to be hard to screw up.  I understood why they wanted me for the Marty role. From my past work, someone would think that I’d be more right for that. I said: The guy on the page who I cannot wait to hear what’s going to come out of his mouth, and who I agreed with in so many ways… understood his mind and his character, was Rustin Cohle.  I’ve been told I was the one who said, ‘You got to go to Woody for {Marty].’ I don’t know if that came out of my mouth first, but I know that if it didn’t, I agreed when I heard it and knew he was a great choice right away.”

  24. Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange, 2015.    Discussed, planned, written, re-spun since 1986, always dropped despite scripts from Alex Cox, Wes Craven, Bob Gale, etc, until chosen as the portal into the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among those flown up Marvel’s 21st Century flagpole were McConaughey, TV doctor Patrick Dempsey, Colin Farrell, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm, Ethan Hawke, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor, Joaquin Phoenix (too strange!), Vincent Price (in 1986), even zeroes Keanu Reeves (listed but never approached - how wise) and Justin Theroux. Finally, the production waited until after Cumberbatch’s Hamlet stage triumph in London. If Iron Man is Mick Jagger, Strange is Jim Morrison… and should head the MCU when Robert Downey pawns his ironmongery.

 

 

 

 

 





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