Michael J. Fox is open and honest about his Parkinson’s diagnosis.
The actor, 61, presented Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival on Tuesday and talked about his life since receiving the diagnosis in 1991 and coming public with it in 1998.
When asked how, he responded, “I had no option,” adding, “This is it. I had to get people interested in Parkinson’s disease. This is not simply talking; I have to give everything I have. I come in and give it everything.
He continued, “It’s unfortunate when abuse is benign. I have no time to wallow in self-pity, but I could. There are lessons to be learned from this, so let’s do it and move on.
In response to questions about the picture, Fox and director Davis Guggenheim stated that they wanted to give their fans more of their story.
“My fans have pretty much given me my life,” he claimed.
These people have done so much for me that I wanted to show my gratitude and spend some time with them. It was great hearing from each of you.
Addressing Guggenheim directly, he continued, “Parkinson’s stinks, but it’s a great life, so thank you for it.”
He acknowledged that despite his illness, he had no regrets about carrying on with his job. “You do what needs to be done even though you don’t want to kill yourself. I suddenly came to a complete stop.
According to the film’s logline, the documentary “incorporates factual, archive, and scripted components, presenting Fox’s extraordinary narrative in his own words.”
The film offers a “recount of Fox’s public life, full of nostalgic thrills and cinematic gloss,” in addition to his “never-before-seen private journey, including the years that followed his diagnosis with Parkinson’s,” according to the press release. Fox, though, claimed that the film has a lot more information than just details regarding his health.
David said right away, “I want to talk about Parkinson’s, but I don’t want to make a movie about Parkinson’s. He made a movie about life, ” Fox said. He deliberately chose not to make a movie about Parkinson’s.
In a 2021 interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Back to the Future star gave an explanation of why he decided to disclose his disease.
The paparazzi and other people would stand outside my apartment and heckle at me, asking me, “What’s wrong with you?” it had been seven or eight years since my diagnosis. Fox recalled. “I went outside because I didn’t want to burden my neighbors, and it was fantastic. It was fantastic.
He continued, “I was extremely amazed at how people responded. As they responded with excitement and a willingness to find a treatment for the condition, I quickly understood that to be a tremendous opportunity. I wasn’t given this chance to squander it.
After admitting he had Parkinson’s disease, Fox founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved medications for those living with Parkinson’s today, according to the foundation’s website.