The studio reportedly wanted Tom Cruise or Matthew McConaughey for the role of Jack Dawson
I still forget that Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t a big star until after Titanic hit theaters. He ultimately proved to be the perfect fit for Jack Dawson, as Leo exemplified that youthful honesty and energy that makes the romance between Jack and Rose so compelling. And even though Tom Cruise or Matthew McConaughey’s notoriety may have seemed more attracted to the studio, I honestly can’t picture either of those two guys in the part. Cruise is too smarmy and would not have been able to capture Jack’s earnestness, while McConaughey appears to hardened and rough for this type of heartfelt romantic role.
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