Fatherhood is Working Out For Matthew McConaughey

09/11/2008 at 09:30 AM ET
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Some things really are meant to be! In a Wednesday night appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, actor Matthew McConaughey explained again how he and partner Camila Alves arrived at the name ‘Levi’ for their son Levi Alves, 9 ½-weeks. According to Matthew, if their child was to be a boy, Camila wanted him to be named Matthew Jr. Matthew, on the other hand, wanted something "a little bit different and original" so he proposed Levi, another name for the apostle Matthew in The Bible. As they neared Camila’s delivery, the couple had four potential ‘boy’ names picked out — but the timing of Levi’s birth sealed the deal. Says Matthew,

"A favorite Bible verse, for me, is Matthew 6:22. Well here comes Levi…we clocked it, and he came at 6:22. We were like, ‘Whoa, okay, I guess it is Levi!’"

Reaching fatherhood "took 38 years, but it worked out" Matthew said with a smile, noting that "practice is good, practice is fun." He went on to tell Jay that he is an active participant in diaper duty.

"Diaper changing is not a big deal. When they’re not aiming and they’re doing a #1, and it hits you right in the face, then that’s kind of a big deal. But no, the diaper changing…that’s not too troublesome."

To make the process a little more interesting for Matthew, Jay offered him a ‘diaper launcher’  — which Matthew proceeded to use in firing a diaper into the audience, exclaiming "this is good for the neighbor you don’t like." Matthew said that while he hasn’t ruled out having more children in the future, he and Camila feel that Levi is "enough for now." As for marriage, Matthew was equally non-committal, telling Jay that the couple "don’t have any plans for [marriage] today or tonight…tomorrow is unlikely…but we’ll see by the weekend."

Matt’s latest film, Surfer, Dude, is in theaters now.

Source: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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molly on

Thats a great verse seriously !!

brooke on

I saw him on the show, I love his personality, he has so much charm and charims, what a cool guy. He isn’t interested in marriage anytime soon he said, but he seems to enjoy fatherhood and also seems close with his mom who he talked a lot about

Megan on

I don’t get it. KGV Mat 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.”

Aitch on

I thought he proposed to her the day of the birth!

Sara on

I looked in an NIV Bible, and the verse is “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” It’s a similar meaning-really lovely and I can see why Matthew identifies with it strongly.

Sami on

Levi is another name for Matthew. Personally I’d rather make sure my son and his mother were secure financially. Marriage would take care of that I mean you never know what’s going to happen to you, right? I don’t get why he’s so easy going about it. If I was Camillia I’d insist on a more solid commitment then “We’re having kids together aren’t we? Isn’t that enough?” Personally it wouldn’t be enough for me. Has Camillia ever spoken about her feelings on the subject?

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