Michael J. Fox tells in a new documentary how his Parkinson’s diagnosis led him to alcoholism

Actor Michael J. Fox says his diagnosis with Parkinson’s at the age of 29 led him to alcoholism and had to take dopamine pills and use props in his left hand to hide the incurable disease.

The Back to the Future actor, now 61, is gearing up to release his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, which debuted at Sundance on Friday and will air on Apple TV+ later this year.

Fox rose to fame through his role in Family Ties and later appeared in Back to the Future and Teen Wolf. However, the actor said none of that mattered as he was stricken with the diagnosis at the height of his fame.

“I was the prince of Hollywood,” he said, according to the New York Post. When the doctor told him he had been diagnosed, he said, ‘You know who you’re talking to, don’t you? I’m not supposed to understand that.

‘You think [life’s] made of brick and rock. But it’s not. It is made of paper and feathers. It is an illusion.

Actor Michael J. Fox, 61, launched his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Story at Sundance on Friday (pictured).  The documentary follows him on his journey with Parkinson's disease

Actor Michael J. Fox, 61, launched his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Story at Sundance on Friday (pictured). The documentary follows him on his journey with Parkinson’s disease

While taking part in a Q&A after the premiere, the actor said he

While taking part in a Q&A after the premiere, the actor said he “loves my life” despite the hardships. He let his illness manifest as he sat on stage and his hand was shaking against the chair. When Fox was diagnosed at 29, he spent seven years hiding the disease

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he “drank to dissociate” and took dopamine pills to calm the symptoms.

“I was definitely an alcoholic. But I went 30 years without having a drink,” he said.

Fox discovered he had the condition after waking up from a night of drinking to find his ear twitches in 1990. After it wouldn’t stop, he went to see a neurologist in 1991 and was diagnosed with it. disease.

He would go on to hide the disease for seven years by carrying props in his left hand.

In the film, fans will see the actor, who has a net worth of $65 million, work with a trainer to help build up his strength, walk the streets of Manhattan, and repeatedly fall over.

Fox rose to fame through his roles in Back to the Future (pictured), Family Ties and Teen Wolf

Fox rose to fame through his roles in Back to the Future (pictured), Family Ties and Teen Wolf

“A festival of self-abuse,” he joked of the film. “You get Parkinson’s disease, you trip over stuff.”

Pete Hammond of Deadline wrote that the documentary had “the spirit of the kind of ’80s movies that helped make Fox a really big star on screens big and small”. According to the awards columnist, the film explores the life of Michael growing up in Canada until he left school at 17 to bet on a career in Hollywood.

“The star here, as always, is Fox himself, battling the intense effects of Parkinson’s disease he has suffered since he was diagnosed at just 29, but telling his story with success and enthusiasm, a single talking headshot, straight into the camera.’

Despite the difficulties of the disease, the actor said during the Q&A that he loved his life.

“I love my family, I love what I do, I love people reacting to what I do. I know I can be an example for others and help them deal with their problems without them ask me without me [to] put the force of myself on them.

“It’s an amazing life and I’m enjoying it,” he said during a Q&A after the Sundance premiere.

It was certainly a family affair as the actor and his wife Tracy Pollan were joined by three of their four children: Sam Michael Fox, Schuyler Frances Fox and Aquinnah Kathleen Fox.

It was certainly a family affair as the actor and his wife Tracy Pollan were joined by three of their four children: Sam Michael Fox, Schuyler Frances Fox and Aquinnah Kathleen Fox.

The actor retired from his profession in 2020 after enjoying a career resurgence in the early 2000s with Good Fight and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He began his career by dropping out of Canadian high school and moving to Hollywood at age 16.

He now writes books about his experience and funds research into Parkinson’s disease through his Michael J. Fox Foundation.

“People tell me that I help them feel better and do things they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “It’s a big responsibility.”

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