For more than 20 years now, Michael J. Fox has been battling Parkinson's, a disease he recently told reporters he's grown to live with and adapt to.
"There's nothing horrifying about it to me," he said during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour last Saturday. "I don't think it's gothic nastiness. There's nothing horrible on the surface about someone with a shaky hand. The way I look at it, sometimes it's frustrating, sometimes it's funny. I need to look at it that way."
Fox's relationship with Parkinson's is reflected in his new series "The Michael J. Fox Show" coming to NBC this fall. In the show, the 52-year-old actor plays NBC News anchor Mike Henry, who decides to return to television after retiring years earlier due to Parkinson's. The network, already expecting big things from the sitcom, has ordered a full 22 episodes.
"I think it's really audacious to do a show about a guy living with a diagnosis of Parkinson's and not making a big deal of it," he said earlier this year. "Not playing soft music underneath it, and slow-motion, and 'oh, it's so tragic' — but just a guy who is a dad with three kids living in New York and trying to get back to his old craft; and I think it's good. I'm really excited about it."
Speaking with the Vancouver Sun, Fox said his health has been fine during the rigorous production schedule.
“I had a muscle that had atrophied and that I didn’t have anymore,” he said. “I realized it would get progressively worse and I’d be in a bad situation. Or it would get strong as I used it more, and it would get easier. And that’s what’s happened. I feel great. I wake up more fresh every day, and ready to go.”
Check out a preview trailer for "The Michael J. Fox Show" below.
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