“I became an alcoholic”: Michael J. Fox talks openly about the terrible consequences of his diagnosis
AppleTV+ was launched in the United States on January 20 Still: Michael J. Fox’s film, a documentary film that follows the career and life of the famous actor from the saga Back to future. A chance to learn more about the day he found out he had Parkinson’s disease and his long descent into hell.
It is a story about a young actor who, at only 24 years old, is rushing towards the pinnacle of American cinema. In 1985 Michael J. Fox he is selected by Robert Zemeckis to star in the saga that has become cult, Back to future. Thanks to the interpretation of Marty McFly, the actor becomes a real monument of pop culture, an icon of an entire generation. But in 1991, just one year after the end of the saga with the 3rd part, he learns the news that will shake his career and his whole life: doctors diagnose him Parkinson’s disease. “I felt helpless. In a way, I thought it was unfair. It’s hard to explain” he confided on this topic in 2013. In a documentary And Beyond: The Movie by Michael J. Foxavailable from January 20 on AppleTV+ in the United States, the actor reflects on this pivotal moment in his history.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
In particular, Michael J. Fox recounts how he realized something was wrong: he woke up one morning with a shaky little finger, which he first put down to his big party the night before in company Woody Harrelson. But the problem will not stop, and the diagnosis falls. “The first thing my wife said to me when I told her was ‘In health and sickness’” he recalls, referring to the wedding vows. But it was the beginning of a long descent into hell: “I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I became an alcoholic“, says the actor. Sober for 30 years thanks to his relatives, Michael J. Fox was even able to briefly resume his acting career before finally ending the relationship in 2020. Last October, he made his first public appearance in years together with his friend Christopher Lloyd, reveals the progression of the disease. However, he confided in the documentary that he works daily to control his symptoms and claims that he has found peace.