Woody Harrelson, a longtime buddy of Michael J. Fox, and the actor are practically blood brothers. Cobra blood brothers.
At the 2022 Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, Harrelson gave Fox the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and shared a startling story about meeting the “Back to the Future” actor in Thailand in 1989.
61-year-olds Harrelson and Fox claimed to have run into a young child staging a fight “between a cobra and a mongoose” when out one evening.
“He taunted a bunch of these cobras and then he found the orneriest cobra, grabbed it by the neck, threw it in a cage with mongoose, where I saw the craziest fight I’ve ever seen between any animals other than studio executives,” Harrelson joked.
He continued, saying that “the mongoose won, they took the snake, yep, tied it by its tail, ran the blood out, half-filled four glasses with cobra blood and half with Thai whiskey. Drinking the cobra blood is known as ‘becoming brother to the serpent.”
Fox “promptly vomited his snake cocktail,” according to actor Woody Harrelson, who claimed that his Canadian friend can typically “hold his own” when it came to drinking.
Michael J. Fox and Woody Harrelson’s friendship
Following his recounting of the amazing incident, Harrelson praised Fox, who was given a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis in 1991, for transforming “a chilling diagnosis into a courageous mission.”
In order to find a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, the “Casualties of War” star established a foundation in Fox’s honor in 2000 and has already raised more than $1 billion.
“He never asked for the role of Parkinson’s advocate, but it is his best performance,” Harrelson said. “Michael J. Fox sets the ultimate example of how to fight and how to live.”
Fox thanked Harrelson for their friendship and unwavering support after he arrived at the podium to a prolonged standing ovation.
“I love you. We did some damage,” Fox said to Harrelson. “We did some damage in the ’80s.”