Michael J. Fox can no longer remember his lines for films.
The 60-year-old actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 29, has now revealed that his memory has suffered greatly since filming The Good Fight in 2017.
He said: “When I was doing the spin-off of The Good Wife called The Good Fight, I couldn’t remember the lines. I just had a space, I couldn’t remember the lines.”
The Back to the Future star, who has Sam, 33, twins Aquinna and Schuyler, 27, and Esme, 20, with wife Tracey Pollan, explained that when he started his career in the 1980s on Family ties”, he could remember 70 pages of a script, but these days he can no longer remember five.
Speaking on Mike Birbiglia’s “Working It Out” podcast, he added: “I would say, ‘I’m ready. Mallory, hang up.” And I understood it, like in an instant, and so it went on for me,” he said. “I have 70 pages of dialogue on [Brian] De Palma, and knowing that a very expensive steadicam shot depends on my knowledge of the lines – not a drop of sweat on my forehead.
Now I can’t remember five pages of dialogue. I can not do it. So I’m going to the beach.”
His comments come just weeks after it was announced he would be the subject of a new feature-length documentary that chronicles his struggles for fame and battle with illness.
Apple said in a statement: “A record of Fox’s social life, full of nostalgic thrills and cinematic polish, will unfold alongside his never-before-seen personal journey, including the years that followed his diagnosis, at age 29, with Parkinson’s disease.
Intimate and honest, filmed with unprecedented access to Fox and his family, the film chronicles Fox’s personal and professional triumphs and works, as well as what happens when an incurable optimist faces an incurable disease. With a mixture of adventure and romance, comedy and drama, watching the movie will be like… well, like a Michael J. Fox movie.”