Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Michael J. Fox: Acting's in my blood

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox will continue to act as long as people want to watch him.

The legendary actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, but didn’t disclose the news until several years later. Although Michael originally decided to semi-retire from the business, in recent years he has returned to the small screen with a recurring role in legal drama The Good Wife.

Michael is making his full comeback later this year with a leading role in a new comedy based loosely on his life.

When asked how he has been able to manage his ill-health and increase his work schedule, Michael revealed he refuses to let anything stop him from doing what he loves.

“Well, I don’t have a choice… But my personal life - you can sit and project out and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to have this and it’s going to be like this and I won’t be able to do that.’ But it’s much more about right now,” he told Access Hollywood. “‘What can I do right now?’ Right? I just thought, I love to do this and as much as anyone will let me do it and give me their time to do it – I should do it. And so, I’m doing it.”

The 51-year-old star’s as-yet-untitled NBC comedy will air in the US this autumn. Michael plays a New York anchorman whose personal and professional life is turned upside down by Parkinson’s disease.

While the show was inspired by some of Michael’s life experiences, he doesn’t want people to take the storylines too seriously. The actor particularly hopes his four children won’t overly examine the episodes involving the younger characters.

“It’s based loosely on my experiences,” he explained. “And I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want my kids to think every time a kid does something goofy on the show that it’s a reflection on them.”

Since disclosing his condition, Michael has been a strong advocate of research into Parkinson’s disease.

The Back to the Future star has teamed up with the famous Magnolia Bakery to create a special cupcake to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This will be available throughout April in honour of Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

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