If you’re a parent with a young baby, there are probably scary injury-related scenarios that keep you up at night. For Matthew McConaughey though, his IRL near-death experience with his 6-month-old was probably beyond even his wildest dreams … or nightmares.
The actor swung by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and told an incredible story about how he had to save his then 6-month-old son Levi from a charging ram by tossing him 15 feet in the air.
“I, McConaughey, got charged by a mountain ram at the edge of the Grand Canyon and had to throw my 6-month-old child 15 feet through the air — to my wife — to save him,” he said while playing the game “True Confessions,” where Fallon and Roots band member Tariq Trotter had to guess whether or not he was lying.
The short version: He was not.
“I squared off and just tried to go as Yoda as I could with this ram,” McConaughey said.
The abbreviated version of his cinematic story is that he was at the Grand Canyon picnicking with his wife Camila Alves, his dog, and his son, when an “alpha” mountain ram decided to literally crash the party. While Alves was able to get away right away, McConaughey, his baby, and his dog weren’t so lucky at first and got trapped.
Eventually, McConaughey did what any action hero would do, and tossed both Levi and the dog to Alves.
“I had to, after I had already got rid of the dog, I had to launch Levi through the air for my wife to catch so we didn’t get rammed off the edge,” he explained.
Considering that the now-10-year-old Levi looks fine and well in the family photo below, we’d say all’s well that ends well.
Unless you’re the ram. Then you’re probably pissed.
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