Woody Harrelson, 61, recently spoke about the intriguing possibility that he and Matthew McConaughey, 53, could be biological brothers during an appearance on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Woody, alongside his White Plumbers co-star Justin Theroux, revealed that the idea first came to him during a conversation with McConaughey’s mother, Mary Kathlene McCabe.
The actors were in Greece when he mentioned how his father had no regrets, prompting Kathlene to say: ‘I knew… your father.’
Woody found the pause in her statement intriguing and later discovered that she was on a break from her relationship with Matthew’s supposed father, Jim, nine months before his birth.
The actor shared his thoughts on the Late Show, saying: ‘Well, I’ll just say there is some veracity to that thought because we talked to Ma’ Mac, Matthew’s legitimate mother, and she let us know one time…
While the Yellowstone star has been hesitant to take a DNA test, Woody is keen to find out the truth.
He said: ‘We want to go for a [DNA] test, but for him, it’s a much more big deal. I mean he feels like he is losing a father. But I’m like, no, you’re gaining a different father and a brother.
‘This revelation comes as a resurfaced image of the two actors adds fuel to the claim that they could be related.
The Oscar winner had previously shared suspicions that his mother may have had a sexual encounter with Woody’s hitman father, Charles, after she made a cryptic remark about knowing the late convict.
A picture of the long-time friends from 2019 reveals an uncanny resemblance, as they appear in the Apple TV+ comedy series Brother From Another Mother.
The duo investigated their family history but remain reluctant to take a DNA test.
Matthew explained: ‘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.
‘Matthew acknowledges that the situation is more complicated for him, as he has believed his father to be his biological dad for 53 years.
He said: ‘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.
While Woody’s father Charles passed away 16 years ago from a heart attack in his prison cell, his mother, Diane Lou Oswald, is still alive.
Charles was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting Judge Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas, in 1979.
Woody regularly visited him until his death at age 69.