Matthew McConaughey knew he wanted to be a father when he was eight years old, because he thought it was the "greatest success".
The 51-year-old actor has revealed his own father always made him address people as "sir" or "ma'am" when he was growing up, and as a child, Matthew thought the reason he had to use respectful terms when addressing adults was because they were parents.
He said: "It was when I was eight years old is when it hit me. I wanted to be a father. I remember what it was. My dad was a 'sirs,' and 'ma'ams' and 'please' and 'thank you' man, and he would introduce me to his friends.
"I'm eight years old looking up to them and shaking their hands saying, 'Nice to meet you, sir. Nice to meet you, sir. Nice to meet you, sir.' At that moment, I had already shaken many of his friends hands through years, but at that moment in my eight year old mind, what went through my mind is, 'Oh, the common denominator about all these men that I'm saying 'sir' to is that they're fathers. That's why they're a 'sir.' "
And the 'Dallas Buyers Club' star - who is now father to Levi, 12, Vida, 11, and Livingston, eight, whom he has with his wife Camila Alves - knew that becoming a father would mean he had "made it".
Speaking to Tim McGraw on the singer's radio show, 'Beyond The Influence Radio with Tim McGraw', on Apple Music Country, he said: "I remember in my eight year old mind going, 'That's when you've made it. That's when you become a sir. That's what success is.' It hit me then, and it's never left me as the paramount example of what being a sir or being the greatest success you can be as a man."