Neil Patrick Harris Says He and Son Gideon Came Face to Face with Sharks: 'Incredibly Exciting'
"He was a bit of a fish whisperer," proud dad Neil Patrick Harris told James Corden on Thursday's episode of The Late Late Show
During his virtual appearance on The Late Late Show Thursday, Harris recalled to host James Corden a fishing trip he and his 9½-year-old son recently took after tie-dying some shirts together, where they caught seven fish — and came face to face with some unexpected species.
"He had a bucket list of things he wanted to do before school starts," the 47-year-old actor said, as Corden, 42, showed off a photo of Harris and Gideon on a boat, proudly holding up one of their catches. "Gideon was unbelievable; he was better than I was, for sure. He was a bit of a fish whisperer."
The How I Met Your Mother alum's son was so skilled, in fact, that he managed to catch "two baby sharks" during their time out on the water. (And of course, Corden couldn't help humming the "Baby Shark" tune in response.)
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"They were large and toothless so I think they're called dogfish or something like that, so we certainly put them back in [the water] and took care of them and everything," Harris continued, "but that was incredibly exciting."
"The nice thing about fishing with my family is that my husband's a chef and can actually deal with fish," Harris said. "So we got to catch the fish and the little ones we put back but the big ones we got to keep, and then we came home and he made crudo and we had a whole proper cooked fish and salad and everything."
"It was really farm-to-table," he added, joking, "What is it, snout-to-buttocks? Something like that?"
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"It was right when all of this was first happening — end of March, early April. It wasn't fun," he said. "It was like a flu of multiple weeks and then lethargy for another ... at least that long, of not wanting to exercise, not wanting to do much."
"It worked its way through me, and my husband, as well. Our friend Michael got it, our kids got it," continued the former Doogie Howser, M.D. star. "It's no joke, that's for sure, but happily, we're on the other side of it. We didn't have to go to the hospital."
While Harris doesn't feel like his family's particular "ills are newsworthy," he does have a message for viewers: "Keep wearing masks, everybody. It's pretty important."