AceShowbiz - Matthew Mcconaughey has discovered that he didn't actually win a Little Mr. Texas contest at the age of eight.
For over 40 years, his mother told him he won the competition as a youngster but, according to the Oscar winner, 51, he came across a picture while writing his book "Greenlights" and it emerged he was actually runner-up.
"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," the "Dallas Buyers Club" actor tells Britain's "The One Show".
"My mother put that picture on the wall in the kitchen the day after I left the contest with the trophy," he explains. "Every day I'd come to breakfast and she'd say, 'Look at you, you are Little Mr Texas, Matthew.' "
However, the truth finally emerged when he stumbled upon the photograph while writing his memoir, with the star sharing, "Something caught my eye. I looked down the nameplate on the trophy and it said 'runner-up.' "
"For all those years, since 1977, I grew up believing I was Little Mr Texas. Mum had told me a fib," he insisted, revealing he called his mother, who remains adamant that he's the deserving winner.
"(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'," added "The Wolf of Wall Street" star, quipping, "Where would I be? Would I have the life that I have now if I grew up thinking I was runner-up?"