- Beloved actor and Parkinson’s advocate, Michael J. Fox, receives BAFTA nomination for documentary film STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie
- In the film, Fox chronicles his life and career with Parkinson’s disease, describing it as “a gift”
- Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, raising $2 billion for Parkinson’s research
- The actor reflects on his journey with Parkinson’s, his decision to make the diagnosis public, and the importance of finding positivity in the face of adversity
Michael J. Fox, the renowned actor and Parkinson’s disease advocate, is celebrating a well-deserved BAFTA nomination for his documentary film STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie. The film offers an intimate look into Fox’s life and career, chronicling his experiences with the debilitating medical condition. In a recent interview, the 62-year-old star shared his perspective on the nomination and his relationship with Parkinson’s, unexpectedly referring to it as “a gift.”
Embracing Parkinson’s as a Gift
Despite the challenges he faces daily, Fox has found a unique perspective on his battle with Parkinson’s disease. In the interview with BBC Breakfast, he explained, “I would say it’s a gift and people would look at me and I’d say it’s a gift that keeps on taking, but it’s a gift.” This outlook is a testament to Fox’s resilience and his unwavering determination to make a positive impact.
A Foundation for Hope
In 1991, Fox received his Parkinson’s diagnosis, but it wasn’t until 1998 that he chose to make it public. In 2000, he and his wife Tracy Pollan founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to raising funds for Parkinson’s research. Over the years, the foundation has raised an astounding $2 billion, making significant strides towards finding a cure for the disease.
Turning Adversity into Positivity
Reflecting on his decision to start the foundation, Fox stated, “I realized I had to turn it around and turn it into something and make it some positive thing that affected other people in a positive way. So I think that’s why I started the foundation, but it took me a long time to get there.” His commitment to creating a positive impact in the lives of others is truly inspiring.
A Candid Look at Parkinson’s
In STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie, Fox offers an unfiltered perspective on living with Parkinson’s. Describing it as “when an incurable optimist meets an incurable disease,” he acknowledges the challenges it presents. He refers to Parkinson’s as “annoying,” but also recognizes its devastating effects on some individuals. Through his documentary, Fox aims to raise awareness and foster understanding of the disease.
Choosing to Go Public
When asked why he waited until 1998 to reveal his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Fox explained, “Yeah, I didn’t know what it was going to do, how it was going to manifest itself. I didn’t know what to expect, and no one could really tell me what to expect.” His journey towards acceptance and his decision to share his story have since inspired countless individuals facing similar challenges.
A Supportive Family
Throughout his journey, Fox has found strength and support from his wife, Tracy Pollan, and their four children. Married since 1988, the couple has built a loving family, with their children being a constant source of motivation and joy.
Michael J. Fox’s BAFTA nomination for STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie is a testament to his enduring talent and his unwavering commitment to raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease. His candidness and resilience continue to inspire millions around the world. While he acknowledges the challenges of living with Parkinson’s, Fox’s outlook on the disease as “a gift” serves as a powerful reminder to find positivity in the face of adversity.