Matthew McConaughey says he wanted to play the Hulk, but Marvel said 'no, thank you'

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Matthew McConaughey wanted to be The Incredible Hulk. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for STXfilms
  • Matthew McConaughey has revealed that Marvel turned his offer to play the Hulk. 

  • The 50-year-old actor explained during an interview on the "Happy Sad Confused podcast" with Josh Horowitz that he has always been a big fan of the 70s TV show "The Incredible Hulk" starring Lou Ferrigno. 

  • And he once approached Marvel about playing the role of Bruce Banner, but the studio simply replied: "No, thank you."

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Matthew McConaughey has revealed that he was interested in playing the Hulk, but Marvel wasn't interested in him.

The 50-year-old actor explained during an interview on the "Happy Sad Confused podcast" with Josh Horowitz that he has always been a big fan of the 70s TV show "The Incredible Hulk" starring Lou Ferrigno. 

And when Horowitz asked McConaughey if he has ever wanted to play Bruce Banner, the actor quickly replied that he: "wanted it," and he even approached Marvel to offer his service, but he said the studio gave him a "no, thank you."

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Ed Norton in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk." Marvel

It wasn't made clear at what point McConaughey approached Marvel, but the role of Hulk became available in 2008 after Ed Norton walked away from the franchise after "The Incredible Hulk."

Mark Ruffalo was subsequently chosen to replace Norton in 2010 and has portrayed the character since 2012's "Avengers Assemble."

Earlier this year, during an interview on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen," McConaughey also revealed that he auditioned for the iconic role of Jack Dawson in James Cameron's romance epic 'Titanic." 

"The audition went really well. Well enough where, when I was left, I was being slapped on the back," he said. "Well enough where you go outside and call your agent and say, 'Oh, I nailed it,'"

But despite his intuitions, the role, of course, went to Leonardo DiCaprio. 

McConaughey is now best known for his early appearances in romantic comedies such as "The Ghost of Girlfriends Past" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," which was followed by a spell of shape-shifting roles in the award-winning film "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," a period of his career that is affectionately dubbed as the "McConaissance." 

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