Michael J. Fox Thinks His Acting Career Might Be Over

Michael J Fox Second Retirement
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For years, people have been clamoring for and wondering about a potential fourth Back to the Future movie, whether it’s a sequel or a reboot of some kind. These desires have repeatedly been shot down by the people behind the original trilogy, despite the fact that they themselves aren’t entirely disinterested in the idea – so long as it isn’t a remake. You can’t remake a perfect movie.

The main issue with a potential continuation of the series, aside from not wanting to mess with a good thing, is the health of original star Michael J. Fox. The beloved actor has been waging a public battle with Parkinson’s for two decades now, and as his symptoms have increased, his appearances on television shows and in movies have grown more and more sporadic. After a tremendously successful career in TV (Family Ties, Spin City) and film (Back to the Future), Fox has largely disappeared from our screens – which is one of the reasons it was so delightful to see him and Doc Brown at a charity poker tournament earlier this year and recently he appeared in Lil Nas X’s new video.

Unfortunately, that cameo may be the last time we see Fox on screen.

In his latest book, “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality,” Fox admits that his career is probably over. Diagnosed at the age of 29 and told he would be lucky to work for another 10 years, Fox carried on for three more decades, continuing to pile up plenty of success and accolades. But now, as his health continues to decline, he is entering “a second retirement.”

He writes: “There is a time for everything, and my time of putting in a twelve-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me. At least for now … I enter a second retirement. That could change, because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it.”

That’s sad news for Fox’s legions of fans, who’ve followed him from his breakout role as teenage Republican Alex P. Keaton, through the classic Back to the Future trilogy, and into his adulthood, as he starred on Spin City and made a variety of guest appearances on shows like Spin City, the West Wing, and more.

It’s a shame that his disease may cut his career short, but his resume is the envy of many an actor, and he’s left us with plenty of material to revisit.

Lil Nas X Teases New “Holiday” Single With Help from Michael J. Fox

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Remember Lil Nas X?

It wasn’t all that long ago, calendar wise if not mentally, that the rapper was ubiquitous. His “Old Town Road” single – and the countless remixes and covers and collaborations it spawned – dominated social media, and the radio, for months.

In the wake of his success, Lil Nas X was revealed to be a really good guy, visiting children’s hospitals, traveling to elementary schools to perform his hit, donating to charities, and just generally being a positive presence in the world.

And then 2020 hit and positive presences were few and far between. But the cloud may be lifting. A coronavirus vaccine seems to be approaching, the election is all over but the (literal) shouting and the holidays are almost here. As an added bonus, this year’s Christmas season will feature a new single from Lil Nas X, and he’s bringing some friends along for the ride. Including Santa Claus and Michael J Fox!

The teaser trailer for the rapper’s forthcoming single “Holiday” features Lil Nas X traveling back to the old west where he stumbles into a Santa Clause-type scenario in which he takes up the jolly man’s suit, sleigh, and beard before traveling into the future.

Fox makes a quick, complete with his old his Back to the Future III outfit and some solid advice.

Check it out:

Father and Son Create Back to the Future Guitar for Michael J. Fox Charity

Back to the Future Bass Guitar
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There’s a reason people keep wondering if Back to the Future is ever going to be rebooted (it’s not): it’s a classic. People love it, and they’re scared Hollywood is going to mess with it. There are so many indelible parts of the movie, including catchphrases, outfits, props, and soundtrack.

Michael J. Fox, the one and only McFly, knows how important the movie’s legacy is, and he’s leveraging it for a good cause.

Doner Designs has created a bass guitar inspired by the Back to the Future DeLorean, and, built to look like the dashboard, complete with a flux capacitor, this thing is a sight for sore eyes.

 

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Here’s the official description of the guitar, which was auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation:

This one-of-a-kind custom creation results from a ~300-hour labor of love by Steve and Richard Doner …Direct reference to the Back to the Future movie series was avoided, out of respect for intellectual property, but the bass features a selectable destination year display, a device resembling a flux capacitor and other electronic gadgetry sure to please fans of the time travel entertainment genre, 80’s pop culture and musicians alike.

Look at the detail!

 

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That’s not all, the flux capacitor – baked right into the body of the guitar – actually lights up. You can see it in the video below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go back in time to be the one who buys this thing!

Josh Gad is Hosting a Back to the Future Reunion on YouTube This Monday

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During the COVID-19 quarantine, Josh Gad – Broadway star, Olaf, future co-star of Rick Moranis in the Honey I Shrunk reboot, and major 80s fanboy – has been hosting a YouTube show called “Reunited Apart” in which he brings actors together to revisit one of their projects. Last week, Gad surprised the internet with a reunion of the cast of one of the most beloved films of the 80s: The Goonies.

He announced the reunion on social media during a video call with Sean Astin – in which Mikey himself delivered his iconic speech.

But Gad wasn’t done. A few days ago he announced another reunion of another cast from another one of the most beloved films of the 80s: Back to the Future!

This time, to help him spread the word, Gad enlisted original cast member Christopher Lloyd, the one and only Doc Brown:

Then Gad and Lea Thompson, aka Lorraine, recreated the infamous scene in which Marty wakes up in his mother’s bedroom and she ogles his underwear – with a 2020 twist.

Thompson will join Gad this Monday, along with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Gad also teased 8 “mystery guests” who will be joining the virtual reunion, via a marked-up image.

One assumes this will include Thomas F. Wilson, aka Biff Tannen, and, hopefully, Crispin Glover. Speculate away as to the identities of the rest of the mystery guests: maybe Mary Steenburgen, maybe Flea?

Regardless of who else shows up, the reunion of the core cast is great news for fans of the BTTF franchise, especially after the repeated reminders that we won’t be getting a sequel or a reboot anytime soon. It will be nice to see them together.

Tune in to Josh Gad’s YouTube channel on Monday at 12ET/9PT to find out who else will be there!

Doc and Marty Reunite for Charity Poker Tournament

Doc and Marty at Charity Poker Tournament
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Like it or not, we’re not getting a Back to the Future sequel or reboot.

It goes against everything modern Hollywood is doing, but the original trilogy’s director and producer are staunchly against it. No one wants to see a Back to the Future film without Michael J. Fox, and while he is open and continues to work even as his Parkinson’s disease progresses, it doesn’t seem like he’s interested in getting back into the Delorean. Christopher Lloyd wouldn’t mind some kind of new version, even an animated Rick and Morty crossover, but nothing looks likely.

So we have to take what we can get. Like that weird DeepFake video with Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. Or a real-life reunion at a poker tournament.

That’s what happened the other day, when Doc and Marty met up once again, this time in the present, at the annual charity poker night for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Lloyd showed up to support his friend and co-star and shared images of their reunion on Instagram. The caption even referenced their classic movies, “Going 88mph for the @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night ♠️ ♦️”

 

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Going 88mph for the @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night ♠️ ♦️

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Michael J. Fox also shared a photo on his Instagram.

 

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All in with @mrchristopherlloyd at @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night!

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Relish in these photos, folks, because this is as good as it’s going to get in terms of a Back to the Future reboot. But while we may not see this duo together on screen again, it’s wonderful to see them together in real life, and for such a good cause.

Aside from Biff and Lorraine, about the only thing missing from these heartwarming photos of two old friends and costars from some of the most beloved movies in Hollywood history, is Michael wearing one of those futuristic double-ties from Back to the Future II.

Michael J. Fox’s Foundation Donates $24 Million to Parkinson’s Researchers

Michael J. Fox
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Beloved Canadian actor, Michael J. Fox recently announced that his foundation is giving away more than $24 million in grants for the research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The actor, who is best known for his starring roles in movie classics like Back to the Future and Teen Wolf, as well as Spin City and a more recently, a recurring role on the TV show, The Good Wife,  was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2000.

That same year, he launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has since become the world’s largest nonprofit for Parkinson’s research. Since 2000, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has funded more than $800 million in Parkinson’s research.

The new donation is being distributed in the form of 127 grants for projects seeking to understand, diagnose, treat, and study the progression of the disease. “All of our funding is focused on our mission to find a cure for Parkinson’s and to improve quality of life for those living with the disease today.” reads the official statement from the foundation’s announcement.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system and its symptoms include tremors, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, and mostly affects middle-aged and elderly people. Early warning signs include tremors while resting, a loss of smell, or dizziness. For a full list, check out Parkinson.org

Associate professor of molecular science Justin O’Sullivan, at the University of Auckland and his team are one of the grant recipients. He said, “For us, this grant is an amazing opportunity to investigate a disorder that has a huge impact on people. We hope to make insights that ultimately make a real difference to patients.”