The eagerly awaited documentary about beloved actor Michael J. Fox made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City at the beginning of this year. The movie, which was made by Academy Award–winning director Davis Guggenheim, retells the tale of the actor who became famous in the 1980s after appearing in classic films like Back to the Future and television shows like Family Ties.
Michael and wife Tracy Pollen attended a special screening of the movie at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. He spoke candidly about living with Parkinson’s disease during the Q&A session. He was just 29 years old when he received the disease’s diagnosis.
Shortly after his marriage to Tracy and the birth of their first kid, it happened. Tracy has been her husband’s strongest support and has never left his side. In addition to working hard to raise money for research into a cure for Parkinson’s disease, the two are doing their best to deal with Michael’s illness. In 1998, he made his condition public, and two years later, when his health deteriorated, he semi-retired from performing.
Young Michael took a while to come to terms with the truth, but once he did, he resolved to enjoy life to the fullest despite the hardships the illness had forced him to endure.
The actor said, “Parkinson’s sucks, but it’s a great life, so thank you for it.” “Pity is a kind of mistreatment. I could wallow in self-pity, but I don’t have the time. Let’s do it and move on because there are lessons to be gained from this, he continued.
“My fans have pretty much saved my life. I wanted to express my appreciation and time to these people who have done so much for me. I really enjoyed speaking with each of you.
The Spin City actor previously remarked, “I have no regrets. I decided to keep making films after receiving the diagnosis. Despite not wanting to kill yourself, you do what needs to be done. I halted at that point.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation was founded by Michael and his wife with the purpose of funding research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. The company is currently the world’s largest non-profit Parkinson’s disease research founder.
He was included in the 2007 Time Magazine list of 100 people “whose power, talent, or moral example is transforming the world” because of his commitment to aiding people who are dealing with the sickness that he himself is afflicted with.
Even though he kept performing after getting the diagnosis, he mostly worked as a voice actor for films like Stuart Little and Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (2010), Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002), Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009), and his fourth book, No Time Like the Future, will be published on November 17, 2021.
He recently disclosed more details about his life, explaining that despite his efforts to portray his illness in a positive light, things are becoming more difficult.
No, I won’t lie. It’s getting tougher, harder, harder. It’s getting harder,” Fox said to Jane Pauley, the host of CBS Sunday Morning.
Every day it gets harder. But, but, that’s just how things are. I mean, who should I talk to about that, you know?
“I broke this arm, this arm, and this elbow,” the speaker said. My face was broken. Fox said to Pauley, “I fractured my hand.
Parkinson’s does not cause death. Parkinson’s kills you, Fox declared. “I’ve been considering how mortal it is. I won’t live to be 80. I won’t live to be 80.
“I’m in a lot of pain. Every vibration feels like an earthquake jolt, the actor said.
“The pain is more from staying still than it is from moving. It happens when you freeze, and during that freezing, the inaction picks up all of this energy and transforms into a blazing, impending event that never occurs.
I’m not in the mood to take the violins out. My hand, elbow, humerus, other humerus, shoulder, face, and a few more things are fractured as well. And the energy of the tremors amplifies all of that. So, yeah, it is quite painful. But you discover that nobody really cares. The fact of life. It is irrelevant. You accept it and go on. Additionally, it can contain a tale to tell. Only that though.
He assured his admirers that he is staying put despite everything that is happening in his life.
“The despair is [not] so severe that I’ll hurt myself… I always come to the conclusion that there is more to celebrate in my life than to lament. The suffering is loud and clear. Either you put up with it or you don’t. And I won’t be leaving.