A report from Yahoo this week revealed that Matthew McConaughey actually wanted to try his hand at a superhero movie. After Edward Norton chose to bow out of his role as the Hulk, Matthew expressed his interest in taking Norton’s place.
During an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz, Matthew said he wanted to take on the role of the Incredible Hulk but Marvel Studios wondered if it was a good idea. As it was previously reported, Norton bowed out of the MCU following his appearence in the 2008 movie.
At the time, Norton’s portrayal of the Hulk was only the second MCU movie and it didn’t do as well at the box office or with critics as the studios had hoped. When asked if he wanted to portray the Hulk, Matthew said he “wanted it.”
Marvel Studios reportedly told him, “no thank you,” in response to his request. Instead, Marvel went with Mark Ruffalo instead, who has portrayed the character ever since 2012’s The Avengers. As most know, Mark’s portrayal of the Hulk has been praised.
Matthew never went into detail about why the studios didn’t want to cast him, but it’s worth noting that this was just before Matthew started his rebirth in the movie industry with productions like True Detective, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Mud, and more.
Even with a series of incredibly successful movies under his belt, McConaughey still hasn’t had a chance to work in a superhero movie yet. There’s no question Matthew’s career has been the subject of many ups and downs.
For instance, the actor has claimed that in the past, he fought tooth and nail to get out of romantic comedies. For years, it seemed as though he was destined to always star in movies as the love interest, but he finally broke into movies like Mud, where Matthew showed that he was capable of a lot more.
The actor went on to secure a Best Actor win for his portrayal of an AIDS-infected cowboy in Dallas Buyer’s Club, in which he co-starred alongside Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.