There's something about Hollywood dads and afterbirth. Unlike Tom Cruise, who greedily pledged to gobble up every last drop of the nutrient-rich biological matter, however, Matthew McConaughey instead told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta that he has something far eco-friendlier planned for his own son's:
Matthew McConaughey says the birth of his son will help bring a little joy to others in the world someday. The actor kept the placenta from the July birth of his son and plans to plant it in an orchard, he tells CNN's "House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta" in interview scheduled to air in two parts Aug. 9 and Aug 16.
McConaughey says he hopes it will fertilize the land, a ritual long followed in several cultures. "It's going to be in the orchards and it's going to bear some wonderful fruit," he says, according to an interview transcript. "When I was in Australia, they had a placenta tree that was on the river ... and all the placentas of all that tribe, all that clan, whatever aboriginal tribe that was, all the placentas went under that one tree and it was this huge behemoth of just health and strength. "This tree was just growing taller and stronger above the rest of Mother Nature around it. It was gorgeous."
Were that all, for the Fool's Gold star then plans of harvesting the symbiotic-fluid-enriched pears and apples yielded by little Levi's lifesack, pressing them into the most deliciously life-affirming hard ciders available anywhere in the country. Look for an aggressive "Mighty McConaughey's Afterbirth Ale" TV and radio campaign to hit major markets shortly, only slightly creepier than the one he recently voiced for the National Cattleman's Beef Association.