When Matthew McConaughey’s son Levi was six months old, the pair found themselves in a very dangerous situation.

McConaughey told Jimmy Fallon about the incident that occurred several years ago during a family picnic at the Grand Canyon.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Camila Alves (@iamcamilaalves) on Jun 17, 2018 at 11:11am PDT

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” the Oscar-winning actor shared the wild story of how they came face to face with a mountain ram.

During “True Confessions” — a game where McConaughey, Fallon, and The Roots’ musician Tarik Trotter took turns confessing a random fact before interrogating each other’s responses to determine the truth — McConaughey revealed he had to rescue his boy from a charging “alpha” animal. His risky solution was to toss his son 15 feet into the air to save him.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Camila Alves (@iamcamilaalves) on Jul 2, 2018 at 7:04am PDT

Luckily, his wife, model Camila Alves, managed to catch the boy while McConaughey tried to get free from the animal.

McConaughey said his story wasn’t a tale but “100 percent” the truth.

The “White Boy Rick” star explained:

“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.”

McConaughey added:

“I back up to the edge after I’ve gotten rid of the dog and gotten rid of my son, and I grab this little branch behind me, and I get behind it, and it’s like this cherry bush about as thick as my pinky. And I’m like ‘This is not gonna save me at all.’”

Apparently, McConaughey didn’t realize he and his family had been standing between the male ram and a group of females:

“I squared off and tried to go as Yoda as I could with this ram and just say ‘Not me, whatever it is.’

He was kicking dirt and everything. He hops off the ledge, swings back around…

So we were between him and all his ladies and he didn’t want any other male scent on his mountain. I was like, ‘Your mountain, sir.'”

Luckily dad and baby survived the incident without injury.

“Watch him explain the tale below:”

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

Leave a comment

We are excited to announce Dearly has joined forces with Mama’s Uncut. Helping Mom’s across the United States answer questions on life’s big challenges.