Matthew McConaughey has claimed Woody Harrelson may be his real life brother.
The actor, 53, revealed his suspicions that his mother Mary had a sexual encounter with Woody’s hitman father Charles, who died in prison in 2007.
His hunch was sparked when she made a cryptic remark about knowing the late convict during a joint family holiday with his former True Detective co-star, 61, and fellow Texas-native.
The comment prompted him to investigate his family history, however the pair – who are coincidentally reuniting for the Apple TV+ comedy Brother From Another Mother – are yet to take a DNA test.
Matthew said on the Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa podcast: ‘You know, where I start and where he ends, and where he starts and I end, has always been like a murky line. And that’s part of our bromance, right?
‘My kids call him Uncle Woody. His kids call me Uncle Matthew. And you see pictures of us and my family thinks a lot of pictures of him are me. His family thinks a lot of pictures of me are him.’
‘In Greece a few years ago, we’re sitting around talking about how close we are and our families. And my mom is there, and she says, “Woody, I knew your dad.” Everyone was aware of the ellipses that my mom left after “knew”. It was a loaded K-N-E-W.
‘We went on to unpack what this “knew” meant, and did some math and found out that [Woody’s] dad was on furlough at the same time that my mom and dad were in their second divorce.
‘Then there’s possible receipts and places out in West Texas where there might have been a gathering, or a meeting, or a “knew” moment.’
While Woody’s father Charles passed away 16 years ago in his cell from a heart attack, the woman believed to be his mother, Diane Lou Oswald, is still alive.
Matthew, who lost his dad James in 1992, wrote in his memoir Greenlights, ‘He had a heart attack when he climaxed [during intercourse].’
The Interstellar star added in the podcast: ‘Look, it’s a little easier for Woody to say, “Come on, let’s do [DNA tests],” because what’s the skin in it for him?’
‘It’s a little harder for me because he’s asking me to take a chance to go, “Wait a minute, you’re trying to tell me my dad may not be my dad after 53 years of believing that?” I got a little more skin in the game.’