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 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.”
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.”
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.
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!'"