Hollywood Weirdness: Actors Confess To Drinking Snake Blood
I realize how that sounds and I agree, it reads like a grocery store tabloid but Wood Harrelson said admitted to drinking cobra's blood with a major Hollywood actor during Saturday’s 2022 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Harrelson was giving a speech to present an award to beloved actor Micheal J. Fox when he revealed that the two got crazy in the 80s and drank venomous snake blood in Thailand.
Referencing a trip he took to Thailand to visit Fox in the late 1980s, Harrelson said that the pair found themselves spectators at a fight between a cobra and a mongoose.
“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 described the scene.
“And the mongoose won, they took the snake, yep, tied it by its tail, run the blood out, half-filled four glasses with cobra blood and half with Thai whiskey,” he said, explaining that “drinking the cobra blood is called ‘becoming brother to the snake.'”
He and Fox apparently decided to accept the challenge, but according to Harrelson, the “Family Ties” actor had some difficulty keeping the concoction down.
“Mike and I drink lots of things together, and he can hold his own — can I say, he’s Canadian. But Mike promptly vomited his snake cocktail. Never could hold his cobra blood,” Harrelson laughed.
I think the speech was meant to be relatable and endearing but it came off as awkward and a little creepy in my opinion. As Harrelson joked that Fox isn't able to hold down his snake blood he commended the actor for his advocacy work in fighting Parkinson's Disease that has ravished the actor.