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Michael J. Fox Says Parkinson’s Diagnosis Changed Him: ‘There Are Bigger Things Than Being a Rock Star’

Michael J. Fox Says Parkinson’s Diagnosis Changed Him: ‘There Are Bigger Things Than Being a Rock Star’

Michael J. Fox reflected on his “Back to the Future” and “Family Ties” acting days before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, saying in a recent interview that he no longer feels connected to the young person he sees on screen.

“It’s a different guy,” Fox said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine published Friday. “He’s much closer to the kid I was growing up in Canada. I grew up admiring rock stars like Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. I wanted to be a rock star. That’s what I thought being famous was. But I wasn’t a rock star. I was kind of an idiot. I missed the point.”

In the interview, Fox says he neglected his talent and rested on his fame, but that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s greatly changed his outlook.

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