At the Sundance Film Festival premiere Stand stilldocumentary about his life and career, Michael J. Fox received a standing ovation from the packed Eccles Theater as he took to the stage with director Davis Guggenheim.
“You just happened to walk into my life and say, ‘We could make a movie out of this,’” Fox of Guggenheim recalls approaching him after reading Fox’s memoirs and a The New York Times actor story. “And I said I have nothing to do next week,” Fox joked, earning laughter from the Park City audience.
Stand still brimming with humor as the series follows Fox’s move from his native Canada to Los Angeles and, after years of struggle, chronicles his rapid career trajectory from Family relationship arrive Teen Wolf arrive Back to the future. The doctor delves into his Parkinson’s diagnosis in his late 20s, his subsequent attempts to keep the news secret for a decade, and his last and current public announcement. advocacy through the Fox Family Foundation.
“This is crazy. This is a 16-year-old kid who left Canada to become an actor,” Fox said while viewing the document. “A few years later, I was one of the greatest actors in the world, and I was the overrated guy in high school.”
The actor said: “What makes me scream how lucky I am is my family. “It’s been a wonderful life and the biggest part of it is with them.” The doctor sees the Fox family, including his wife Tracy Pollan and their four children, go through their daily lives as the actor treats his Parkinson’s disease. The Fox family was at the premiere Friday morning. He said, “It’s been a wonderful damn life and I’m enjoying it.”
Critic Daniel Fienberg writes in his review of the film for hollywood reporter: “Whether you’re like me and grew up at a time when Fox was simultaneously the biggest star in film and television — when those lines were harder to cross — or you’ve followed his life in Over the past two decades as a public for Parkinson’s disease research and awareness, it’s been hard not to make a personal investment in the Canadian actor and advocate.”
“I am so lucky to have known you, period. You changed my life,” Guggenheim, who worked on the project for three years, said after the screening.
“How can you miss me if I don’t go?” Fox questioned his continued on-screen presence, which now includes Stand still. “Unfortunately, I’m not going anywhere.”