Michael J Fox says watching Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood partly inspired him to retire

Michael J Fox said that watching Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood was part of the reason he chose to retire from acting.

Fox, 61, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29. Symptoms include hand tremors, stiff muscles, altered posture and balance, speech changes and cognitive problems, according to the Mayo Clinic.

He revealed his diagnosis in 1998, and in 2020, the Back to the future star announced he was entering a “second retirement”.

In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Fox explained that his decision to step away from acting was partly inspired by Tarantino’s 2019 film Once upon a time in Hollywood.

THE Teen Wolf The star said watching a scene from the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a failed actor and Brad Pitt as a stuntman in 1960s Los Angeles, reminded him of the struggles he faced in the real world. life.

Fox recalled that during filming The good fighta spin-off of the hit series The good wifehe had trouble remembering his lines because of his illness.

“I thought of Once upon a time in Hollywood“, said Renard. “There is a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character does not remember his lines.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


“He goes back to his dressing room and he yells at himself in the mirror. It’s just crazy.

Fox continued, “I had this moment when I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘I can’t remember this. Well, let’s move on. It was peaceful.

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In April, the actor – who founded a charity that works to find a cure for the disease – said living with Parkinson’s is “getting harder and harder” every day.

“I mean, I’m not going to lie, it’s getting harder and harder. It is more and more difficult. Every day it gets harder, but that’s the way it is,” he told Jane Pauley on CBS Matinees.

He reportedly added: “You don’t die of Parkinson’s disease. You die with Parkinson’s disease. So I thought about his mortality. I won’t be 80. I won’t be 80.

Michael J Fox said living with Parkinson’s ‘is getting harder and harder’ every day

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Earlier this year, Fox said he was having a “terrible year” with the disease, revealing he had broken several bones due to a fall.

He said, however, that research funded by his charity had led to an important discovery about the disease.

Researchers have found that the presence of alpha-synuclein, which is used to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, can be found by examining cerebrospinal fluid. This supposedly means that the disease can be detected and treated much earlier.

” Everything changed. It can be recognized and treated early. It’s huge,” Fox said at the time. “That’s the thing. That’s the big reward. That’s the big trophy.”

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