Matthew McConaughey has revealed his mother ‘fibbed’ to him for over 40 years by telling him he had won a Little Mr Texas competition at the age of eight.
The Oscar-winning actor, 51, believed he had won the contest up until 2018, when he came across a picture while writing his book Greenlights – and it emerged he was actually runner-up.
Speaking to presenters Alex Jones and Ronan Keating on Monday’s The One Show, the Dallas Buyers Club star said: ‘I won something. Confetti fell and all of a sudden I got a trophy in my hand and I’m getting a picture taken of me.
Little white lie: Matthew McConaughey has revealed his mother ‘fibbed’ to him for over 40 years by telling him he had won a Little Mr Texas competition at the age of eight
‘And my mother put that picture on the wall in the kitchen the day after I left the contest with the trophy.
‘Every day I’d come to breakfast and she’d say, “look at you, you are Little Mr Texas, Matthew”.’
The actor explained that the truth finally emerged when he came across a picture while writing his book Greenlights.
He said: ‘Something caught my eye. I looked down the nameplate on the trophy and it said “runner-up”.
Runner-up: The actor said the fib was unravelled after he found the photo and saw nameplate (pictured with his wife Camila Alves, left, and mother Mary Kathlene McCabe, right, in 2019)
‘For all those years, since 1977, I grew up believing I was Little Mr Texas. Mom had told me a fib.’
After making the discovery, Matthew called him mother . She said: ‘No no no no no, the kid who won, they had a lot of money.
‘And his parents bought him a really expensive suit so we call that cheating, you’re Little Mr Texas.’
‘You are Little Mr Texas’: Matthew called his mum after the discovery and she insisted that he did win the contest after the kid who won had an expensive suit bought by his parents
Finishing his story, the Wolf Of Wall Street actor said: ‘Where would I be? Would I have the life that I have now if I grew up thinking I was runner-up?’
The Hollywood actor recently revealed that some of his favoured activities include wearing a headlamp to cut his fingernails and sampling pickled pig’s feet.
Matthew even confessed in the interview with Empire magazine that he once dressed as a girl to win a schoolgirl beauty contest.
He said: ‘I’m an extremely talented fingernail clipper. I’ll get a headlamp on, glasses. Sit down with a cocktail and have a nice 45-minute session. It’s very relaxing to me for some reason.’
It comes after he revealed he once turned down a $14.5 million (£10.9 million) offer to make an ‘intentional’ switch from romantic comedies to dramas.
During Thursday’s edition of the first-ever Loose Men, the actor said his mother Kay, 88, and brothers Rooster, 66, and Pat, 58, were left puzzled by his decision, with the screen star admitting: ‘They still ask me if I’m mentally vegetated!’
He reflected on struggling to advance his career due to being typecast as a sex symbol, and took a stand by refusing to accept those roles for nearly two years.
The Fool’s Gold star recalled his acting journey via live link to hosts Marvin Humes, Iain Stirling, Roman Kemp and Ronan Keating: ‘I actually turned down a 14.5 million dollar offer.
‘My mother and brother, to this day, are like, ”What the hell was your problem? Are you mentally vegetated?” I get it, I get it… but it paid off, you know.’
Bold move: The star’s confessions come after he revealed he once turned down a $14.5 million (£10.9 million) offer to make an ‘intentional’ switch from romantic comedies to dramas