Michael Douglas shocked to discover he’s related to Hollywood icon: ‘You’re kidding!’

Michael Douglas shocked to discover he’s related to Hollywood icon: ‘You’re kidding!’

Michael Douglas made an ‘incredible’ discovery about his family tree on Finding Your Roots (Picture: PBS)

Michael Douglas was left reeling after learning his ‘DNA cousin’ was an A-list actress and former co-star.

The 79-year-old exclaimed ‘you’re kidding’ after discovering Scarlett Johansson, 39, was a relative on PBS series Finding Your Roots.

Michael and the Under the Skin actress previously starred alongside each other in 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

Delivering the news to the Basic Instinct actor, the show’s presenter Henry Louis Gates Jr, 73, said he shared ‘identical branches of DNA on four different chromosomes.’

Henry said the branches of DNA ‘appear on Scarlett’s maternal lines, which stretch back to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.’

Michael was thrilled to learn he was related to the Lost in Translation actress, remarking: ‘Are you kidding? Oh, that’s amazing. All right. This is cool. This is so cool.’

Scarlett is related to Michael through her maternal line (Picture: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Michael said it was ‘incredible’ Scarlett was a DNA relative (Picture: Stefanie Keenan/VF24/WireImage for Vanity Fair)

He described the revelation as ‘incredible’ and said he ‘looks forward’ to seeing Scarlett again.

Elsewhere in the episode, Lena Dunham also discovered she was related to a big star.

While delving into her ancestry on the programme, the Girls creator, 37, found out comedy legend Larry David, 76, is her cousin.

She said: ‘My husband’s going to freak out! It’s Larry David! The other LD!

‘This is the hottest information I could have ever gotten.’

Henry told Lena that she and her mother, Laurie Simmons, share ‘multiple long identical segments of DNA with the Curb Your Enthusiasm creator.

He explained: ‘This means that you share at least one common ancestor somewhere on your mother’s side of your family tree.’

Lena replied: ‘This is incredible. You saved the best for last.’

Scarlett starred alongside Michael previously on Avengers: Endgame (Picture: Jay Maidment/Marvel/Walt Disney/Kobal/REX)

Michael and Lena’s extended family trees are not the only shocking revelations to have been made on Finding Your Roots.

Breaking Bad legend Bob Odenkirk learned that he was related to King Charles... after branding monarchies ‘twisted.’

Before it was revealed King Charles was his eleventh cousin, he declared: ‘I’m an American. I’m not a monarchist. I don’t believe in that.

‘You know, I feel like it’s a little twisted. I understand why society built itself around monarchs and leaders, and they passed them down through generations. I understand that goes through every society, every civilisation.

Michael said he was looking forward to seeing Scarlett again (Picture: PBS)

‘But I think that we’ve gotten to a better place with democracy and we should keep going down that road,’ Bob added.

When the Better Call Saul star was informed of his links to the current king of the United Kingdom, he laughed and said: ‘Well maybe I’ll change my mind on that.’

Meanwhile, Pretty Woman icon Julia Roberts discovered she was not Julia Roberts after all after a test revealed the Roberts were all descended from one man, her great great grandfather, Henry McDonald Mitchell Junior.

Julia Roberts discovered she might not be Julia Roberts at all on the CBS show (Picture: Arnold Jerocki/WireImage)

Bob might not be a royalist but he is related to King Charles (Picture: PBS)

‘So we’re Mitchells?’ Julia asked incredulously.

Henry confirmed: ‘You’re Julia Mitchell,’ prompting the Oscar winner to burst into laughter.

Finding Your Roots premiered on PBS in 2021 and sees celebrities presented with a ‘book of life’ that is compiled with information researched by professional genealogists to learn about familial connections and discover secrets about their lineage.

Finding Your Roots airs on PBS in the US.

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