Michael J. Fox Says Jokes Inspired by Parkinson’s Battle in New Show Not ‘Outrageous’

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Jim Spellman/WireImage(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Michael J. Fox’s upcoming NBC comedy will touch upon his real-life battle with Parkinson’s disease, but he doesn’t believe it will do so in an offensive way.

In The Michael J. Fox Show, premiering on Sept. 26, the actor will play a newscaster with Parkinson’s who returns to work after a long time away from the business.  If you’ve seen the trailer for the show, you know that it doesn’t hesitate to poke fun at Fox’s health.

At the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., over the weekend, Fox addressed how his fight with Parkinson’s influences the scripts for the show.

He said, “Sometimes it’s frustrating, sometimes it’s funny. …I need to look at it that way and I think other people will look at it that way.  And beyond that, I think we all get our own bag of hammers.  We all get our own Parkinson’s.  We all get our own thing.”

Fox isn’t too concerned that others with the disease might be upset with the show’s Parkinson’s-related jokes.

“If someone wants to be outraged, they can be outraged.  I don’t think it’s that outrageous,” he said.

Fox said he feels fatigued at times, more because he’s 52 years old than because of his health.  He seemed to discount the idea of resuming his movie career, given his commitment to the show.

Fox is no stranger to TV, of course, having previously starred on NBC in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties.  He left Spin City in 2000 due to his battle with Parkinson’s.  In recent years, he has made appearances on Rescue Me, The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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