The film details Fox’s struggle with Parkinson’s and alcoholism.
Over the weekend, at the Sundance Film Festival, veteran actor Michael J. Fox, best known for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future films, debuted a personal documentary titled Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie. The documentary features narration by Fox himself, recalling his diagnosis with degenerative brain disorder Parkinson’s Disease in the 90s and the struggle with alcohol and drugs that followed it.
“Therapeutic value, comfort – none of these were the reason I took these pills. There was only one reason: to hide,” Fox says in the film. “I became a virtuoso of manipulating drug intake so that I’d peak at exactly the right time and place.”
“I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know what was coming. So what if I could just have four glasses of wine and maybe a shot?” Fox says. “I was definitely an alcoholic. But I’ve gone 30 years without having a drink.”
Fox went public about his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 1998, saying in his documentary that keeping the truth bottled up was making life even harder for him. “To me, the worst thing is restraint,” Fox says. “The worst thing is to be confined and to not be able to have a way out.”
“There are times when I went, ‘There’s no way out of this.’”
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While living with the disease is difficult and demoralizing, Fox chooses to maintain his optimism however he can. “Some people would view the news of my disease as an ending,” Fox says. “But I was starting to sense it was really a beginning.”
Still will be available for the public later this year via Apple TV+.