Danny DeVito says he saved Michael Douglas’ life while filming ‘Romancing the Stone’

Michael Douglas quite literally wouldn’t be here without Danny DeVito!  

During an appearance on The Talk on Thursday, 73-year-old DeVito revealed that he went to extremely gross measures to save Douglas’ life on the set of their 1984 movie, Romancing the Stone

"We were doing Romancing the Stone many, many years ago. Some of you weren’t even a gleam in your mommy and daddy’s eye,” DeVito quipped. “We were in Mexico in these really rugged kind of places and there was a guy who had a truck [and] came up by the set.”

The bed of the pickup truck, DeVito said, was outfitted with a cage that housed a ton of snakes.

“I'm scared of snakes, I don't want to go near a snake. But Michael, he's being the hot shot Mikey D, you know what I mean?” DeVito said. “And the guy’s got a snake on his arm, on his hand… and all the kids are coming around and Michael grabs a snake.”

“I say, ‘Michael don’t touch that snake. That’s a snake man. That snake could bite you, man!’” DeVito recalled. “And he says, ‘Oh no, no, no, Danny, it’s no big deal.’”

A big deal it turned out to be when the snake chomped down on Douglas’ hand. “I always heard the best thing to do is suck the poison out, right away, so I did,” DeVito revealed. “I grabbed his hand and I sucking [the poison out], I'm spitting all over the place, and I say, 'Boy, it's a good thing this didn't bite you on the balls man, you would be a dead man.’”

Decades later, both Douglas and DeVito have thriving acting careers and growing families. Over the summer, ET caught up with Douglas who couldn’t stop gushing over his newborn granddaughter, Lua. 

"Lua is the most beautiful little girl," the 73-year-old actor said of son Cameron’s 9-month-old daughter with Viviane Thibes. "I couldn't be more happy, and it's just great to see him be such a great father." 

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Diandra Douglas, Michael Douglas, and Danny Devito (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actors Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas, circa 1993. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award and Danny DeVito (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
(L-R) Actors Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - circa 1985: Actors Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Michael Douglas, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and Danny Devito (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Michael Douglas, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and Danny Devito (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Michael Douglas (L) and Danny DeVito arrive at the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives Benefiting MPTF held at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Michael Douglas (L) and Danny DeVito arrive at the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives Benefiting MPTF held at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Michael Douglas (L) and Danny DeVito arrive at the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives Benefiting MPTF held at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, actors Adam Scott, Matt Bomer, Danny DeVito, Idina Menzel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Douglas, and Cuba Gooding Jr. attend the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting MPTF at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito are seen on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito are seen on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Actor Danny DeVito (L) and honoree Michael Douglas speak onstage during 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)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Actor Danny DeVito (R) hugs honoree Michael Douglas onstage during 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)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Actors Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas attend the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives Benefiting MPTF at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Actor Danny DeVito (L) and honoree Michael Douglas speak onstage during 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)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Actors Michael Douglas (L) and Danny DeVito attend the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives Benefiting MPTF at Milk Studios on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Actor Michael Douglas, actress Annette Bening, 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)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) 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)
(L-R) Actors Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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