Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, co-stars and close friends, have recently discovered that they might have more in common than they thought. In a recent interview with Kelly Ripa on her podcast, McConaughey revealed that his mother knew Harrelson’s father, and that they are considering a DNA test to confirm if they are half-brothers.
Their bromance has always been apparent to fans, with both McConaughey and Harrelson referring to each other’s kids as Uncle Matthew and Uncle Woody, which makes the information they have discovered even more bizarre. It’s no secret that they share similarities in appearance and acting styles, but this potential familial connection would be a shocking turn of events.
Their friendship began when they shot the movie EDtv together and was taken to another level when they starred in the HBO series, True Detective. Their chemistry on screen was evident, but off-screen, their bond was just as strong. They are set to reunite in the upcoming comedy show on Apple TV+ called Brother from Another Mother, in which they play fictionalised versions of themselves living together on a ranch in Texas.
This revelation also sheds light on Harrelson’s father, Charles, who was a contract killer, convicted of armed robbery and murder, and claimed to have assassinated John F. Kennedy. Harrelson’s parents separated when he was young, and he did not spend a lot of time with his father, but he stated in a 2012 interview with The Guardian that he got along with him “pretty good.”
The decision to take a DNA test seems to be up in the air, and understandably so. McConaughey is hesitant because he has always believed that his father is his father, and this realization could change his entire perception of his family. However, Harrelson seems to be more open to the idea of confirmation.
It’s rare to hear about celebrities discovering potential family connections, especially ones that have already established a strong bond as friends. It’s interesting to think about the effects this revelation could have on their friendship and their families, but regardless of the test’s outcome, they’ll always be each other’s Uncle Woody and Uncle Matthew.
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