Michael Douglas recalls how his friendship with Danny DeVito began over a joint

DeVito had earlier revealed how he saved Douglas' life from a snake bite while they were shooting the movie 'Romancing the Stone'

Michael Douglas recalls how his friendship with Danny DeVito began over a joint

Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito‘s decades-long friendship started quite organically. DeVito, who is on the cover of the latest 'Cigar Aficionado', saw a lot of his old friends from his career look back on their relationship with the 73-year-old actor for the magazine, as per reports

And Douglas decided to reel back to the first time that the two actors crossed paths. “I was on the beach, looking out at the Long Island Sound and this guy walks up to me, with this long head of hair, if you can imagine,” Douglas recalled. “He says ‘You get high?’ We were both 1967 potheads, so we smoked a joint and that was the beginning of a long, long friendship.”

Honoree Michael Douglas (L) and actor Danny DeVito attends the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting MPTF at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)
Honoree Michael Douglas (L) and actor Danny DeVito attends the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting MPTF at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)

Douglas also spoke quite recently about his close to 50 years in the industry, and he said that the most common question he faces about his career is, “What took so long?”, with regards to receiving a star on the Walk of Fame. “Let’s face it, this is a great honor and I’m not getting any younger,” Douglas remarked. “I’m going to enjoy it with my wife and my son and my caretakers and my great-great-grandkids.”

“My dad is here. In a month, Kirk will be 102 years old!” Douglas said. “It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”

Actor Michael Douglas, actor Kirk Douglas and actor Danny Devito attend SBIFF's 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence In Film honoring Michael Douglas at the Biltmore Four Seasons on October 13, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Douglas, actor Kirk Douglas and actor Danny Devito attend SBIFF's 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence In Film honoring Michael Douglas at the Biltmore Four Seasons on October 13, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

But that's not all. Both DeVito and Douglas have been known to reveal quite drastic secrets about each other. Previously, in an interview, DeVito revealed how Douglas could have died on the sets of one of their films if he had not acted quickly enough.

DeVito recalled a strange incident on September 20's episode of CBS' 'The Talk' where he and 73-year-old Douglas had been filming the early 80s film 'Romancing the Stone' in a remote part of Mexico.

Actor/Director Danny De Vito and Actress Sharon Stone present an award to Actor Michael Douglas on stage at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 25, 2004 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC via Getty Images)
Actor/Director Danny De Vito and Actress Sharon Stone present an award to Actor Michael Douglas on stage at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 25, 2004 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC via Getty Images)

As far as DeVito's story goes, there had been a man close to the set with a flatbed truck that had been filled with snakes. The actor said: "The guy’s got a snake on his arm. And he says, 'Mr. Douglas, Mr. Douglas.' And all the kids are coming around. Michael grabs the snake and I say, 'Michael, don’t touch that snake! That’s a snake man. That snake could bite you, man'." 

According to DeVito, things then went south very quickly for his co-star as he was holding the squirming body of the snake. DeVito said: "Wack! The snake bites him on the hand. The guy gets it off. I overheard that the best thing to do is you suck the poison out right away. So I did!" As the audience in the show starts reacting wildly to the tale, DeVito says: "Grabbed his hand … spitting all over the place. And I said, 'It’s a good thing this thing didn’t bite you on the balls man! You would be a dead man!'"

Michael Douglas hands over the award to Danny Devito for 'Lifetimeachievement International' during the Goldene Kamera 2010 Award at the Axel Springer Verlag on January 30, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Michael Douglas hands over the award to Danny Devito for 'Lifetimeachievement International' during the Goldene Kamera 2010 Award at the Axel Springer Verlag on January 30, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)