Michael J. Fox says he’s ready to act again after announcing retirement (Exclusive)

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Michael J.  Fox says he's ready to act again after announcing retirement (Exclusive)

Michael J. fox Announced her retirement from acting in 2020, but a walk down memory lane with ET opened the door to the possibility of acting again.

ET’s Rachel Smith sat down with the icon in Nashville, Tennessee, ahead of his charity event and benefit Michael J. Fox FoundationAnd the 62-year-old actor was surprised to see an interview with ET in 1984, when he was 22 and starring in the famous NBC sitcom, family relations,

In the clip, Fox talks candidly about his fascination with the different aspects that Hollywood has to offer, from editing and writing to producing and directing. At the time, Fox said he “wanted to do it all”, now quipping, “22-year-olds are obnoxious.”

When asked if he had achieved his goals, Fox said that for him the goals are always changing, but ultimately his goals have little to do with what happened in front of or behind the screen.

Fox said, in reference to his wife Tracy Pollan, “I think my biggest goal was to raise a family. We have four amazing kids and that’s a huge thing.” family relations In 1985. “And then the other one is with the foundation.”

Michael J. during season 6 of Family Ties. Fox. , getty

But as far as goals in front and behind the camera?

“If someone offers me a role and I do it and have a good time, that’s great,” Fox tells ET. “I mean, the documentary was a big thrill.”

The documentary is his new project, still, an AppleTV+ documentary that chronicles his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed with the progressive disorder in 1991 when he was only 29 years old.

Fox said of filming the doc, “It was fun.” “I never would have set it as a goal. It just happened.”

But when asked directly if he would like to act again, Fox did not rule out the possibility.

Fox said, “If something comes along that I can put my own realities into, my own challenges, if I can explore that, then I will act.”

He told, Fox retired from acting in 2020 empire magazine Seeing Quentin Tarantino in September 2023 Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood To call it a career pushed him aside. The trailer for the scene that led to his retirement showed Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton character having a meltdown when he was unable to remember his lines. Fox recalled that he struggled to remember his lines during a cameo in his final TV project in 2020, when he appeared in two episodes. good wifeSpinoff of, good fight,

Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, at the 30th Anniversary Trilogy Screening of Back to the Future on October 21, 2015 in New York City. , getty

During his storied career, Fox appeared in many iconic TV shows and films, including The Love Boat, night court, spin city, teen wolf And, of course, back to the future franchise in which he starred as Marty McFly alongside Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. And while Fox continued acting throughout her Parkinson’s diagnosis — which she publicly disclosed for the first time in 1998 — there were signs that things were becoming incredibly challenging for her, and this has never been more evident than since When he came forward. good fight,

“I thought of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Fox told the magazine about his decision to retire. “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 looking at himself in the mirror and screaming. Just crazy. I had that moment. When I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘I can’t remember this anymore.’”

After coming to that decision, Fox told Empire He decided it was time to “move on” and his decision was “peaceful.”

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