«I became an alcoholic after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s»- time.news

Of Simona Marchetti

At the presentation of the docu-film “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”, directed by director Davis Guggenheim, the actor recalled the first, difficult years of the disease, when he sought refuge in pills and bottles to hide the tremors

When he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of just 29, Michael J. Fox kept the news secret until 1998, continuing to work as usual, but in those nine years he tried to hide the symptoms of the disease by any means possible, ending up with become addicted to pills and alcohol so that no one understands the severity of his tremors. “I took the dopamine pills like candy and hid the bottles in the garage. The situation had begun to get out of hand», confided the actor, now 61, in the docu-film «Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie» just presented at the Sundance Film Festival and arriving on Apple TV+ by the end of the year.

“I didn’t know what was going on”

“I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know what was going to happen. So why not have four glasses of wine and a shot? I definitely became an alcoholic, but now I haven’t drunk for 30 years », said the « Back to the Future » star again in the film directed by director Davis Guggenheim, also explaining that he owes his sobriety to his wife Tracy Pollan. “I woke up after a particularly bad night and she said, ‘Is this what you want?’, ‘Is this what you want to be.'”

“You can’t pretend you don’t have Parkinson’s”

However, the decision to stop drinking was not without consequences. “My early years sober were a constant struggle with myself,” Fox said. I wasn’t coping with things, I wanted to be in another place, do other things. You can’t pretend at home that you don’t have Parkinson’s because you’re there with him. But if I’m away from home and I’m with other people who don’t know I have it, then I don’t have it, so I went away and made films in different parts of the world». Since 2000, the actor has been at the helm of the foundation that bears his name, dedicated to research on Parkinson’s disease.

January 25, 2023 (change January 25, 2023 | 16:05)


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