Actor Michael J. Fox, 61, presented his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Story at Sundance on Friday (pictured).  The documentary follows him through his journey with Parkinson's

New Documentary Michael J. Fox Tells How His Parkinson’s Diagnosis Led Him to Alcoholism

Actor Michael J. Fox said his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease when he was 29 drove him into alcoholism and that he had to take dopamine pills and use props in his left hand to hide the incurable disease.

The Back to the Future actor, now 61, is preparing to release his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, which debuted at Sundance on Friday and will be headed to Apple TV+ later this year.

Fox rose to fame from his role in Family Ties and later appeared in Back to the Future and Teen Wolf. However, the actor said none of that mattered because he got the diagnosis at the height of his fame.

“I was the prince of Hollywood,” he said, according to the New York Post. When the doctor told him he had been diagnosed, he said, “You know who you’re talking to, right?” I’m not supposed to have this.

‘You think [life’s] Made of bricks and rocks. But it is not. It is made of paper and feathers. It’s an illusion.

Actor Michael J. Fox, 61, presented his new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Story at Sundance on Friday (pictured). The documentary follows him through his journey with Parkinson’s

While participating in a Q&A after the premiere, the actor said he

While participating in a Q&A after the premiere, the actor said he has “loved my life” despite the hardships. His illness let it show as he sat on stage with his hand trembling on the chair. When Fox was diagnosed at the age of 29, he spent seven years hiding the disease

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he “drank till he broke down” and popped dopamine pills to calm the symptoms.

I was definitely an alcoholic. But I’ve gone 30 years without a drink.

Fox found out he had the disease after he woke up from a night of drinking to find his pinky jitters in 1990. After it wouldn’t stop, he went to a neurologist in 1991 and was diagnosed with the disease.

He continued to hide the disease for seven years by carrying props in his left hand.

In the movie, fans will see the actor, who has a net worth of $65 million, work out with a trainer to help build strength, walk the streets of Manhattan, and fall frequently.

Fox rose to fame with his roles in Back to the Future (pictured), Family Ties, and Teen Wolf

Fox rose to fame with his roles in Back to the Future (pictured), Family Ties, and Teen Wolf

He joked about the film, “a festival of self-abuse”. “You get Parkinson’s disease, and you get stuck on things.”

Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote that the documentary has the spirit of the ’80s films that helped make Fox a huge star on the big and small screens. According to the awards columnist, the film explores the life of Michael growing up in Canada to drop out of school at the age of 17 to gamble on a career in Hollywood.

The star here, as always, is Fox himself, who’s battling the severe effects of Parkinson’s disease he’s had since he was diagnosed at just 29, but who successfully and passionately tells his story, one talking head shot, directly into the camera. “

Despite the hardships of the disease, the actor said in a Q&A that he loved his life.

I love my family, I love what I do, I love having people interact with what I do. I know I can set an example for others and help them deal with their issues without them asking me without me [to] I put myself on them.

“It’s a wonderful life and I enjoy it,” he said during a Q&A after the Sundance premiere.

It was definitely a family affair as actor and wife Tracy Pollan joined three of their four children: Sam Michael Fox, Schuyler Frances Fox, and Aquinah Kathleen Fox.

It was definitely a family affair as actor and wife Tracy Pollan joined three of their four children: Sam Michael Fox, Schuyler Frances Fox, and Aquinah Kathleen Fox.

The actor retired from his profession in 2020 after resurfacing his career in the early 2000s with The Good Fight and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He started his career by dropping out of his Canadian high school and moving to Hollywood at the age of 16.

He is now writing books about his experience and funding research into Parkinson’s disease through the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

“People tell me I make them feel better and do things they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “This is a big responsibility.”

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