If one thing’s for sure, it’s Michael J. Fox won’t let his Parkinson’s Disease bring him down!
In a new interview with AARP The Magazine, the A-list actor confessed that most days he can’t help but laugh about his illness. “The truth is that on most days, there comes a point where I literally can’t stop laughing at my own symptoms,” the Back to the Future star shared.
He even told a comical story about his experience bringing coffee to his wife, Tracy Pollan. “Just the other morning I come into the kitchen,” Michael began. “I pour a cup — a little trouble there. Then I put both hands around the cup. She’s watching. ‘Can I get that for you, dear?’ ‘Nah, I got it!’ Then I begin this trek across the kitchen. It starts off bad. Only gets worse. Hot java’s sloshing onto my hands, onto the floor.”
Michael and Tracy.
“But the thing that makes it hilarious to me is when I think of someone else watching all this and thinking, ‘Poor Michael can’t even get the coffee — it’s so sad!’” he added.
Michael previously revealed things were supposed to turn out very differently for him. “I was diagnosed 25 years ago, and I was only supposed to work for another 10 years. I was supposed to be pretty much disabled by now. I’m far from it,” he admitted. “This is as bad as I get, and I can still go to the store and go marketing.”
And while he’s had his ups and downs in regards to his health, he’s made sure to do his best to balance everything. “I’ve been able to do a lot of work. And what’s great about it is I wouldn’t be still until I couldn’t be still. The subtle twist has made it a new experience,” the dad-of-four added. “Whether it’s been better or worse is not for me to say, but it’s certainly different. And that’s all you can ask for in your 50s, that you’d be doing something different.”
Michael on the red carpet.
While speaking to AARP, Michael noted how difficult it was to deal with people’s perceptions of him once he went public with the disease in the late 90s.
“It was easy for me to tune into the way other people were looking into my eyes and seeing their own fear reflected back.” he recalled. “I’d assure them that ‘I’m doing great’ — because I was. After a while, the disconnect between the way I felt and the dread people were projecting just seemed, you know, funny.”