Michael J Fox officially retired from acting in 2021 and the inspiration to take that step may surprise some of his fans.
The 61-year-old actor, who raised $2 billion for research to cure the Parkinson’s disease that affects his life and the lives of millions of others, has revealed he came to the decision with the help of Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino .
The versatile actor told rich he had trouble remembering his lines for a scene in The Good Fight.
He played a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease and said. “Then I thought of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”
Surprising inspiration: Michael J Fox officially retired from acting in 2021 and the inspiration to take that step may surprise some of his fans
Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, explained, “There’s a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character can’t remember his lines.”
DiCaprio plays a former leading man whose star has waned and takes on a supporting role in the Oscar-winning drama series.
Tarantino received nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. DiCaprio received a nomination for Best Actor and co-star Brad Pitt won for Best Supporting Actor.
Fox described the scene, “He goes back to his dressing room and yells at himself in the mirror. Just crazy.’ Part of the reason why Leo’s character forgot his lines is that he had too much to drink the night before.
But Michael got a lot out of the scene: “I had a moment where I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘I can’t remember. Well, let’s move on.”‘
The philanthropist and activist said the decision to do so was “peaceful.”
The actor’s life and career take center stage in the new documentary Still: A Michael J Fox Movie.
Fox shared an excerpt from his interview promoting the film CBS Sunday morning in which he falls on his Instagram Stories while walking on Tuesday.
Lines: Fox said he was inspired by a scene from Once Upon A Time in Hollywood where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character can’t remember his lines. “I had a moment where I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘I can’t remember. Well, let’s move on'”
When a woman rushes to help, the struggling actor, who is helped to his feet by an aid.
The actor thanks the Good Samaritan for her efforts and then tells her “you knocked me off my feet.”
He told anchor Jane Pauley, 72, “It gets harder… it gets harder, every day you suffer,” before adding, “but that’s the way it is.”
As a result of numerous falls, the Back to the Future star has broken bones in his arms, shoulders and hands.
Humor: Fox shared an excerpt from his interview on CBS Sunday Morning on Tuesday in which he crashes into his Instagram Stories. As a woman rushes to help, the struggling actor, who is helped to his feet by an aid, thanks her and tells her “you knocked me off my feet”
Documentary: The actor’s life and career take center stage in the new documentary Still: A Michael J Fox Movie
Game Changer: Scientists funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation have been able to identify a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease. The discovery, announced in April, has been called a ‘game changer’ and could make it easier to diagnose and treat the degenerative disease
“It’s a big killer with Parkinson’s. It’s falling and sucking up food and pneumonia, all these subtle ways it gets you.’
You don’t die of Parkinson’s, you die with Parkinson’s. I’m not going to be 80.’
Through his Michael J Fox Foundation, scientists have used some of the billions of dollars raised to identify a biomarker for the degenerative disease.
The discovery, announced in April, has been called a game changer and could point to faster diagnosis and treatment.
“Five years from now they’ll be able to tell if you have it, if you’re ever going to get it and how to treat it,” he claimed.