Michael J Fox said that watching Quentin Tarantino’s Once upon a time in Hollywood part of the reason he chose to retire from acting.
Fox, 61, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29. Symptoms include hand tremors, muscle stiffness, impaired posture and balance, voice changes and cognitive problems, according to Fox News. Mayo Clinic.
He revealed his diagnosis in 1998 and in 2020, Back to the future the star announced that he is entering his “second retirement”.
In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Fox explained that his decision to give up acting was partly inspired by Tarantino’s 2019 film Once upon a time in Hollywood.
The teen wolf the star said that watching a scene from the film, which featured Leonardo DiCaprio as an obsolete actor and Brad Pitt as his stunt double in the Los Angeles Sixties, reminded him of the hardships he faced in his life. real.
Fox recounted that while filming good fighta spin-off of the hit series The good WifeHe has difficulty remembering lines due to illness.
“I think Once upon a time in Hollywood,” said the fox. “There was a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character couldn’t remember his lines anymore.
“He went back to the dressing room and shouted at himself in the mirror. It’s just crazy.”
Fox continued: “I had a moment when I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘I can’t remember it anymore. Well, let’s move on.’ Very peaceful.”
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In April, the actor – who has founded a charity geared towards finding a cure for the disorder – said living with Parkinson’s disease is getting “more difficult” every day.
“I mean, I’m not going to lie, it’s getting harder and harder. It is becoming more difficult. Every day it gets harder, but it is,” he told Jane Pauley on morning CBS.
“You don’t die of Parkinson’s disease,” he added. You die with Parkinson’s disease. So I was thinking about its death. I will not be 80. I will not be 80.”
Earlier this year, Fox said he’s had a “terrible year” with the disease, revealing he’s broken multiple bones from a fall.
However, he did say that research funded by his charity led to an important discovery about the disease.
The researchers found that the presence of alpha-synuclein, which is used to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, could be found by looking at people’s spinal fluid. This is thought to mean that the disease can be detected and treated much earlier.
“All has changed. It can be known and treated early. It’s huge,” Fox said at the time. “This is the thing. This is a great reward. This is a big trophy.”