Now, McConaughey has suggested in an interview with podcast “Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa” that he and Harrelson could actually be brothers.
“You know, where I start and where he ends, and where he starts and I end, has always been like a murky line,” McConaughey said earlier this week.
“And that’s part of our bromance, right? My kids call him Uncle Woody. His kids call me Uncle Matthew etc etc. 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,” McConaughey said. “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 (Harrelson’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.”
McConaughey added that the pair are “on the precipice” of doing DNA tests to verify their suspicions, but that he was more reluctant than Harrelson in case he discovered that his father might not be his biological parent “after 53 years of believing that.”
The pair are appearing in the comedy series “Brother From Another Mother” for Apple TV+, a fictionalized portrayal of their own friendship.
The two actors first met in 1997 while working on Ron Howard’s “EDtv,” although they disagree about the precise moment.
“There was tequila involved,” McConaughey quipped in a video on his verified YouTube channel.
He first remembers meeting Harrelson at a costume fitting in San Francisco for “EDtv,” when Harrelson walked in wearing “bike shorts, professional bike top and he’s still got his professional bike riding shoes on that he’s walking the streets of San Francisco in.”
Since then, McConaughey and Harrelson have starred in the movie “Surfer, Dude,” and in “True Detective” together.