Michael J. Fox Explained Why He Enjoys Watching His Performance in ‘Back to the Future’

by Samantha Whidden

His iconic film Back to the Future premiered more than 36 years ago, and now Michael J Fox opens up about how he still enjoys watching his performance in the sci-fi classic.

During a recent interview With CBS Mornings, Michael J Fox spoke about how he snuck away at Christmas to watch Back to the Future for the first time in a long time. “I went to get something in the other room and it was on. It was Back to the Future. It was right at the beginning, I think the car in the parking lot. Then, after about 20 minutes, [my family] realized I was gone.”

Michael J Fox then said after his family finally found him and the dog, they asked why he is watching Back to the Future. “I said, ‘It’s really good! I’m really good in this.’ I hadn’t realized that. All that crazy stuff was good. It was just what I was doing to survive the moment.”

Speaking about his role in Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox stated that his performance was just trying to be alive. “I was doing Family Ties in the daytime and Back to the Future at night. It was just this real experience. So I had this moment, non, wham, with all this stuff I had in my life. Where I could sit and look at this kid and say, ‘Wow he did alright. He had a lot to deal with and he was dancing as fast as he could. But he fulfilled the role and did a good job.’”

The Back to the Future franchise has three movies. They follow the story about Marty McFly (played by Fox) and his scientist friend, Doctor Emmett “Doc” Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd). 

‘Back to the Future’ Star Michael J. Fox Looks Back at His Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis 30 Years Later

While also chatting with CBS Mornings, Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox spoke about his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis. The actor was notably diagnosed with the disease when 30 years ago at the age of 29. 

“So very early in the marriage [to Tracy Pollan] she got this dumped on her,” Fox explained about his condition. “And the moment that I told her I was realizing was the last time we cried about it together. We haven’t cried about Parkinson’s since. We’ve just dealt with it and lived our lives.”

The Back to the Future star also stated that he and Pollan didn’t know what to expect with the disease. Or what would happen next. “We didn’t know. You know, no one could say then it would have more effects. More symptoms than what I had. Which was a twitch, twitching pinkie. But [the doctors] just said it was coming.”