Michael J. Fox Reveals Family Had Hilarious Reaction After Rewatching ‘Back to the Future’ Recently

Michael J. Fox Reveals Family Had Hilarious Reaction After Rewatching ‘Back to the Future’ Recently
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Our family members can either be our biggest cheerleaders or our harshest critics. Sometimes, they can be both. Michael J. Fox faced a similar situation when he rewatched the opening scene of  Back to the Future years later, as reported in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. His family's reactions were particularly lukewarm. 

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Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan attend
Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan attend Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge World Premiere at Florence Gould Hall on October 30, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Fox is renowned for not watching his films post their release and he hardly even re-watches them later but on this one rare occasion, he stumbled upon a scene from the movie on TV. The 61-year-old is famously known for his role as Marty McFly in the iconic Back to the Future trilogy between 1985 and 1990. The movie was a massive hit and still has a loyal fan following. In the same interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fox discussed being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 29 years. His condition affected his movement, posture and balance. He then revealed how it felt when he rewatched the opening scene of the original film years later. 

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He explained, "A few Christmases ago, we were in the living room decorating the tree. I went to the kitchen to get some cookies or something and when I didn't come back after like 20 minutes or so, they said, 'Michael, where the hell are you?' And I had stopped in front of the TV because I saw the opening scene from Back to the Future and I hadn't watched it since 1986." He further shared, "So, I watched the movie. All the kids came in and watched me watch Back to the Future. Then they got bored and left." Hahaha! Just like how any family member would behave.

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Although the star's kids showed zero interest in the movie, the father of four relished the moment with his wife, Tracy Pollan. "I said to Tracy — it's the first time I ever said, 'You know what? I am pretty good in this movie.' She said, 'Yeah, no sh*t. Welcome to the admiration club." Well, it's understandable because wives prefer to be complimented but hardly reciprocate. Poor Fox. But we must admit, he was phenomenal in the movie. 

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In all humility, Fox further explained he was not patting himself on the back for his acting skills (which are brilliant, to be honest) but he just felt proud of the movie at that moment. "I said, 'No, I never really gave myself credit for being involved in this movie.' So I didn't mean I am good like I am a great actor. I meant I am good like I followed; I remembered the dance steps that I needed to do, to move a great movie along." 



 

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The star has been in the news for battling Parkinson's and has been a courageous and inspiring figure for everyone through his foundation called Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Fox will be featured in a new Apple TV+ documentary about his life called Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie.

Davis Guggenheim and Michael J. Fox, speak at the Q+A for STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie at the 2023 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Paramount Theater on March 14, 2023, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for SXSW)
Davis Guggenheim and Michael J. Fox, speak at the Q+A for STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie at the 2023 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Paramount Theater on March 14, 2023, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for SXSW)
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Fox and his Back to the Future co-star Christopher Lloyd were in the news when they reunited at New York Comic Con 37 years after the film's debut much to the delight of their fans. They reunited again along with their co-stars Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson at Fan Expo Portland, which ran from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2023. 

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 Michael J. Fox Reveals Family's Hilarious Reaction to ‘Back to the Future’