At the release of Still: A Michael Fox Movie, Fox’s famous friends attended in support of the ailing actor, who has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease since 1991. Fox has said that “he truly lives one day at a time” amid his diagnosis, but hopes that this documentary will be an unflinching look at the reality of living with Parkinson’s.
“All my friends and family, they recognize me in it, they recognize the kids in it, and they recognize Tracy in it and they love it,” he told People, exclusively. “It’s really an unusual film. It really brings people together in a way that I feel good about given how hard we’re pushing against each other and how furiously we’re pulling apart as a society,” he says.
The realistic portrayal of Fox’s life doesn’t shy away from the traumatic parts of dealing with Parkinson’s, but Fox keeps his signature humor. “Gravity is real, even if you’re only falling from my height,” he says. “That’s my reality. People always say to me, ‘Don’t fall down!’ Like it’s a choice. I just fall down! That’s my life. That’s my life in a nutshell.”
Friends, including Meg Ryan, Joan Jett, and Bill Murray, also were at the premiere, as well as Fox’s wife of 34 years, Tracy Pollan.
“If I’m here 20 years from now, I’ll either be cured or like a pickle,” Fox continued. “The average age of death is 77. It’s not that far out on a limb. If you told me when I was 29 when they just diagnosed it, that at 61 I’d still be going at it with a film to promote, that life would be so full, I never would have guessed it.”