On January 20, AppleTV+ unveiled in the United States Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, a documentary retracing the career and life of the famous actor of the saga Back to the future. The opportunity to learn more about the day he learned to have Parkinson’s disease and his long descent into hell.
It is the story of a young actor who, at only 24, is launched at full speed towards the heights of American cinema. In 1985, Michael J. Fox is chosen by Robert Zemeckis to star in a saga that has become cult, Back to the future. Thanks to his interpretation of Marty McFly, the actor becomes a true monument of pop culture, icon of a whole generation. But in 1991, only 1 year after the conclusion of the saga with the 3rd installment, he learned news that would upset his career and his entire life: the doctors diagnosed him Parkinson’s disease. “I felt helpless. In a way, I thought it was unfair. It is difficult to explain” he confided on this subject in 2013. In the documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movieavailable since January 20 on AppleTV+ in the United States, the actor looks back on this pivotal moment in his history.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen”
Michael J. Fox recounts in particular how he understood that something was wrong: he woke up one morning with a trembling little finger, which he first puts down to his big evening the day before in the company by 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’s the beginning of a long descent into hell: “I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I became an alcoholic” says the actor. Sober for now 30 years thanks to his relatives, Michael J. Fox was even able to briefly resume his acting career before finally hanging up in 2020. Last October, he had made his first public appearance for years. years alongside his friend Christopher Loyd, giving a glimpse of the progress of the disease.However, he confides in the documentary that he works daily to control the symptoms, and claims to have found peace.