During the 13th annual Governors Awards, Woody Harrelson presented Michael J. Fox with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for Fox’s activism on Parkinson’s disease. Harrelson’s speech about Fox was mostly heartfelt and eloquently celebrated Fox’s work. However, Harrelson also detailed a humorous adventure the two shared in Thailand in the late ’80s involving a wicked concoction of Thai whiskey and cobra blood. As Harrelson recalled in his speech, he flew to Thailand to visit Fox while the latter was filming “Casualties of War.” One night, Fox paid a local kid to take them to witness a fight between a mongoose and a snake.
For anyone familiar with Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” or nature documentaries, you can probably guess that things didn’t end well for the cobra. And following its demise, Harrelson noted that its blood was mixed with Thai whiskey for him and Fox to drink. That also didn’t end too well, at least not for Fox. “Mike and I drank lots of things together, and he can hold his own,” Harrelson said in his speech. “But Mike promptly vomited his snake cocktail. Never could hold his cobra blood.”