The crowd rose to its feet as Michael J. Fox took to the stage at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday for the premiere of a new documentary about his life, career and work as a public advocate for Parkinson’s research. the movie is Again: a film by Michael J. Fox(Again: a film about Michael J. Fox), directed by Davis Guggenheim, will be released by Apple later this year.
What moved the crowd so strongly, both during Fox’s commentary and throughout the documentary, was the actor’s optimism and attitude in the face of a devastating disease. Parkinson’s disease has severely affected his speech and movements, but not his sharp wit.
Fox’s sense of humor is what impressed Guggenheim, said the director, when reading an interview with the actor in the film New York Times and then he searched for his memories. “Writing him was really amazing,” Guggenheim said. “It was very moving and very real, but also funny and insightful.”
When the director approached Fox about making a film about his meteoric rise to the top of Hollywood and his health problems, the actor’s response confirmed his desire to make the project. “Great, I have nothing to do in the next six weeks,” joked Fox, protagonist of the saga of Back to the FutureMoreover.
The interpreter has dedicated himself only to voice acting since 2000, but in 2013 he announced his definitive retirement from the profession due to complications from his illness.
The documentary presented by Fox and Guggenheim is inspiring and not intimidated by the difficulty of living with Parkinson’s, a disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body that are controlled by this system. On screen, Fox talks about the many falls and falls that have left him with broken bones, dislocated shoulders and bruises.
“Recently, with all these injuries, it’s gotten to the point where, I don’t want to get too morose, but I’ve definitely been disappointed with how things were going,” the actor commented. But he also soon realized that he could take advantage of all that negativity and turn it into something positive.
And he assured: “I will take it. I love my life. I love my family. I love what I do. I like being able to be an example to people and help them deal with their problems.” Fox’s family, consisting of his wife Tracy Pollan and four children, is a big part of what keeps him going.
“When I watch the movie, what makes me scream how lucky I’ve been and how successful my life has been is the stuff with my family,” he said. “There’s so much joy in it.”
Before Parkinson’s changed everything, Fox was on top of the world with roles in international hits like the now cult film, Back to the Future and the series family ties. It was a time when he says he was spoiled but at the same time he was a bit dazed by so much fame and started drinking too much. In the Yet…. The question of Fox’s alcoholism is not avoided.
Fox has also had other kinds of roles in projects that have made his work so memorable and meaningful to generations of fans. During the documentary’s presentation at Sundance, Fox used her time on stage to pay tribute to one of her co-stars, Christopher Lloyd.
With the actor, who played his mad scientist mentor in the saga of Back to the Future, has a very close relationship with Fox, since that time and even more in recent years, since they have appeared together at various events with fans of the saga. “She’s getting younger, I’m getting older,” Fox said of Lloyd.
Fox recently managed to raise two billion dollars for Parkinson’s research through his foundation. “That number, impressive as it is, bothers me, because I thought we were done,” Fox said. “But science is difficult.”
Ever optimistic, Fox then addressed the progress being made in finding a cure for his ailment. “Eventually, there may be a pill that people can take that will keep them from getting Parkinson’s,” he said.
When he moved to the United States, from his native Canada about 40 years agoAll I thought about was being an actor and getting at least one commercial job. He got into commercials and rose to fame as Alex P. Keaton in the television series family tiesbefore devoting himself to the character of Back to the Future.
In his four decades in show business, Fox has won five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and two SAG Awards. In 1991, at the age of 29, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Two years after making his diagnosis public, he launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help fund research for therapies and cures.
Since then, his organization has raised more than $1 billion. On October 23, Fox will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the foundation with its annual fundraising gala. A funny thing happened on the way to curing Parkinson’s. The historic event was originally scheduled for last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.