Michael J. Fox said that a scary scene in the movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” made him decide to retire from acting. Fox, who is 61 years old, talked about his life with Parkinson’s disease in a recent chat with Empire Magazine, which was picked up by Variety. Fox was told he had cancer in 1991 when he was 29 years old, but he didn’t tell his fans or the world for another seven years.
Fox told the outlet that he remembered having trouble remembering his lines while shooting “The Good Fight” on CBS. Fox’s problems made him think of a scene from “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a 2019 movie by Quentin Tarantino, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays an aged Western star in 1969.
“I thought of ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.’ There’s a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character can’t remember his lines anymore. He goes back to his dressing room and he’s screaming at himself in the mirror. Just freaking insane,” Fox told Empire Magazine. “I had this moment where I was looking in the mirror and thought, ‘I cannot remember it anymore.”
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Fox said that realizing this didn’t shake him up. Instead, he kept his cool and told himself, “‘Well, let’s move on.’ It was peaceful.” Fox’s words come as his new movie, “Still,” hits Apple TV+ for the first time on Friday. In the documentary, Fox’s life with Parkinson’s disease is looked at.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder that mostly affects the nerves in the brain that make dopamine. Fox said in the movie that he would spend hours with his head underwater in the shower because he felt like he “needed to suffer” after his diagnosis.
“I just wanted to keep my head below water. I needed to suffer. I needed to go as low as I could go,” Fox said. In an April interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Fox admitted that living with Parkinson’s disease is “getting tougher.” “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s,” Fox said. “So I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it. I’m not gonna be 80.”