Matthew McConaughey Says He Wanted to Play the Hulk But Marvel Wasn't Game

After Edward Norton decided to leave his roles as Bruce Banner and the Hulk behind, Matthew McConaughey said he was one of the first to ascend in his absence.
During an interview for Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast, McConaughey revealed that he was a huge fan of the original Hulk TV show and that he wanted to get all green and crazy at some point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Norton dropped out of the MCU after the somewhat disappointing 2008 The Incredible Hulk, which was only the second MCU movie ever.
"I wanted to," McConaughey said when asked if he would have liked to portray the character after Norton's departure. McConaughey added that he threw his hat in the ring but Marvel Studios said, "No thanks."
Ultimately, he lost the role to Mark Ruffalo, who has portrayed the character in The Avengers since 2012. While he didn't delve too much into why Marvel wasn't a game for him to take on the role, it's worth noting that this was right before the big McConaissance of 2012-14 when he was asked for his performances in Mud, Dallas, Recognized by Buyers Club, True Detective, and more. He hasn't appeared in superhero films yet, but it's unclear if he wants to change that when his favorite Marvel character is already cast.
Listen to the full episode of the podcast here, which focuses on the release of McConaughey's new memoir, Greenlights: Raucous Stories and Outlaw Wisdom.
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