Michael J. Fox on Parkinson’s In Life and New Show: “Sometimes It’s Funny”

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Michael J. Fox says that Parkinson’s disease itself will not define his upcoming comeback TV show, although it certainly helps to shape his character. The veteran actor is gearing up for “The Michael J. Fox Show,” on which he plays a local newscaster (with Parkinson’s) who decides to return to work after years away from the job.

At the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour on Saturday, Fox explained how the disease that afflicts him — and his character — will play a role on the new series. “I feel that this is the reflection of my experience and certainly in the pilot it was more prevalent than it is in subsequent scripts,” said Fox. “The way I look at life and the reality of Parkinson’s… sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes it’s funny.” He continued, “I need to look at it that way and other people need to look at it that way. Beyond that we all got our own bag of hammers… I think people will look at that and say, ‘Yeah, I need to laugh at my own stuff, too.'”

Fox wants to show the audience the “kind of stuff I deal with on a daily basis.” “There’s nothing horrifying [about Parkinson’s] to me,” explained the actor. “It’s not horrible. I don’t think it’s gothic nastiness. There’s nothing on the surface horrible about someone with shaking hands.” “The Michael J. Fox” show premieres on NBC in September.


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