Michael J. Fox talks about the impact of Parkinson’s disease on his acting career.
The 59-year-old actor recently spoke to The New York Times about his fourth memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” in which he discusses his struggles with Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to motor skills difficulties, neurodegenerative disorder can lead to serious cognitive problems.
In his book, Fox writes that “not being able to speak reliably is a breaking game for an actor,” the Times reports.
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“Without chemical intervention, Parkinson’s disease will leave me frozen, motionless, stony-faced and mute – entirely at the mercy of my surroundings,” writes the star. “For someone for whom movement is synonymous with emotion, dynamism and relevance, it is a lesson in humility. “
Fox’s admission left fans wondering if he had decided not to act for good. A spokesperson confirmed in a statement to Fox News on Saturday that Fox “is not actively looking for work.”
However, the spokesperson added: “But if something big came up and it worked for him, he would consider it. ”
The actor is known, of course, for his role as Marty McFly in the “Back to the Future” franchise, but he also became a household name thanks to the “Family Ties” sitcom. Political comedy “Spin City” and guest roles in “The Good Wife” have kept him in the spotlight ever since.
Most recently, he appeared in two episodes of the “Good Wife” spin-off “The Good Fight”, an episode of “Corner Gas Animated” and the Netflix movie “See You Yesterday”, by IMDb. The latest project Fox has listed on the site is a short film, titled “The Beast, Wildfire Heroes,” which is reportedly currently being filmed.
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Fox, who semi-retired after his diagnosis, landed four Golden Globes and five Emmys, as well as several other nominations.
The star also recently opened up about her struggles with acting in an interview with People magazine.
“My short-term memory is shot,” he confessed.
In the past, the “Back to the Future” star has said, “I’ve always had a real mastery of lines and memorization.”
“And I had some extreme situations where the last two jobs I did were actually very wordy parts. I struggled during both, ”he says.
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Fox added, “So the last couple of years have been trickier than most. ”
Despite her struggles with Parkinson’s disease, Fox’s wife and former “Family Ties” co-star Tracy Pollan has been by his side every step of the way.
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“The book is a love letter to Tracy,” Fox told The Times. “She really helped me with everything.