According to a recent interview with Matthew McConaughey on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, McConaughey was one of the first actors that stepped up to Marvel and asked to play the comic book character.
He and podcast host Josh Horowitz touched on the subject of the casting situation for the Hulk character following Norton’s exit from the role. He went on about his love for the original Hulk TV show starring Lou Ferrigno. When asked by Horowitz if he wanted to be cast as Bruce Banner, he said he was excited about the news, but when he expressed his interest to the people at the studio, they just said “No thank you”.
McConaughey “Wanted it” but in the end lost it to Mark Ruffalo who debut his version of the character in the 2012 superhero team-up movie The Avengers and has portrayed the role ever since. This was however, prior to McConaughey getting the recognition and acclaim he accumulated between 2012-2014 that turned into what The New Yorker called the “McConaissance”. His most acclaimed performances at that time included, True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, Mud and many others.
Given that McConaughey’s favorite superhero is already taken, its up in the air whether or not we’ll see him in any superhero movies/TV in the future.
The interview was centered around the promotion of his new memoir, Greenlights: Raucous Stories and Outlaw Wisdom. You can listen to the full interview here.
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