Michael J. Fox
Tracy is more a help to me than I am to her.
I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the opportunity to make those three films that didn’t do well. They were really important to me, and the things I learned doing them were important to me.
My wife is Jewish, and therefore, it’s my children’s birthright to be Jewish.
Just as Parkinson’s isn’t a big topic of conversation in my house, neither is my career.
I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn’t being made.
I have so many things that I say to my kids, I just drive them crazy.
The ‘Rescue Me’ gig was a unique opportunity to play a character – a misanthropic, angry guy – who was so contrary to how people think of me.
I don’t set a whole lot of goals. It smacks a little bit of will to me, and I find that will is not the way to go for me.
I take the medication for myself so I can transact, not for anyone else. But I am aware that it is empowering for people to see what I do and, for the most part, people in the Parkinson’s community are just really happy that Parkinson’s is getting mentioned, and not in a pitying way.
I have a remarkably normal life.
You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don’t know what I want. I don’t want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them.
I’ve learned some exciting things – mostly, that people really want to help each other; and that, if you can lay out a vision for them – and that vision is sincere and genuine – they’ll get interested.
I’m also very proud to be a part of a trilogy of films that, if they do nothing else, allow people to check their problems at the door, sit down and have a good time.
I have times when I’m off-balance. I have times when I slur my words. I have times when I walk into walls. I have times when I can’t remember somebody’s name.
So I never spend a lot of time analyzing why people respond to my work. But I think that it’s just the joy, a passion for life, that I think has always been in my characters. Beyond that, I’m just grateful for it.