The actor, who became world famous with the trilogy “Back to the Future” in the skin of Marty McFly, has opened up about the problems he suffers because of his pathology and how this has affected his career
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Michael Fox with Christopher Lloyd, the duo that conquered the world with Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox opened up about how Parkinson's disease has affected his Hollywood career. The 59-year-old actor recently spoke to The New York Times about his new memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” in which he addresses his problems with the condition.
In addition to difficulties in motor skills, neurodegenerative disorder can cause serious cognitive problems. In his book, Fox notes that “not being able to speak safely is a deciding factor for an actor.”
“There is a time for everything, and my time to dedicate a twelve-hour workday and memorize seven pages of dialogue is better left behind,” says the actor in his publication, which goes on sale Tuesday. And he continues: “At least for now … I'm entering a second retreat. That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it. “
The star's words have left fans wondering if she has decided to stop acting 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 great comes up and it works, I 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 sitcom “Family Ties.” The political sitcom “Spin City” and his appearance on “The Good Wife” have kept him in the spotlight. Most recently, he appeared in two episodes of the “Good Wife” spin-off “The Good Fight,” and in the Netflix movie “See You Yesterday,” according to IMDb. His last project was in a short, entitled “The Beast, Heroes of the Wildfire”, which is currently being filmed.
Michael J. Fox in “The Good Wife”
The winner of four Golden Globes and five Emmys also recently spoke about his difficulties with acting in an interview with People . ” My short-term memory is destroyed and acting is becoming more difficult,” he confessed.
“I always had a great ability for phrases and memorization. And I had some extreme situations because in the last couple of jobs that I did I played roles with a lot of words. I had problems in both, “he acknowledged.
“It all comes down to writing. Fortunately, I really enjoy it, ”said the actor about the memory problems he suffers from due to his pathology.
In addition to Parkinson's, the actor who made his diagnosis public in 1998, told about the setback in his health that led him to question his optimism and how he regained the will to live.
In 2018, a non-cancerous tumor on his spine was growing rapidly and causing him horrible pain all over his body. “I was on my way to paralysis if they didn't operate on me immediately, ” Fox told People . Fortunately, the operation was successful and Fox began a tough four-month process in which he had to learn to walk again. Thinking that the worst was behind him, he went on vacation with his family and when he returned he suffered a serious fall. “It was definitely my darkest moment , ” he said of the accident.
On November 17 will be released “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality”, his new memoirs
In the time it took to physically recover, Fox came to understand that “optimism is rooted in gratitude.” “Optimism is sustainable when you return to gratitude, and what follows is acceptance. Accept that this has happened and accept it for what it is. It doesn't mean that you can't push yourself to change. It does not mean that you have to accept it as a punishment or a penance, just put it in its proper place, ”he advised.
“It is not that I was not honest before, but my gratitude is deeper now, for having gone through the darkest moments,” wielded the interpreter, who was 29 years old when he received the news of his illness. “The last couple of years have been the hardest. But I have things that I've been blessed with that are just amazing. Life is good ” , he declared.
The actor, who turns 60 next year, focuses on time with his children and his wife, Tracy Pollan, whom he married in 1988. The couple have 31-year-old Sam, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, both 25, and Esmé, 19.
The actor with Tracy Pollan and their four children
His wife has been by his side every step of the way. “The book is a love letter for Tracy ,” Fox told the aforementioned newspaper. “She really helps me get through it all.”
Some time ago, he revealed that he tried to cover his suffering with alcohol. It is that when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, he admitted that he wanted to get drunk until he reached “a point of indifference” to cope with the situation. In that sense he said: “I have to be very careful not to violate the principles by which I came to be sober.”