Michael J. Fox’s return to the cover of Rolling Stone proved revealing.
According to Today, Fox, who will return to TV this fall in NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show“, told the magazine that his battle with Parkinson’s disease has defied expectations, although he still has obstacles to overcome as he returns to the small screen.
“People said, ‘Are you sure you can handle this?'” Fox said in the interview. “‘Are you sure you can take it on? Are you sure you can deal with it?’ And I said, ‘No. I’m not sure I can, but I want to and I have an opportunity to.’ And another side of it, that I don’t deal with every day but is certainly present, is that on some level it might be empowering for people.”
Fox said that while he isn’t bothered by his symptoms, other people are obviously troubled by his issues from the disease.
“People look at me and have fear and sadness in their eyes, which they think they’re seeing reflected back at them,” he said. “They wouldn’t see what I’m really feeling, which is, ‘I’m OK!’ But people are afraid. I did an interview with Larry King and it was a little more disjointed and fractured than usual, and I realized that it was the first time I’d talked to him since my diagnosis and that he was afraid. So I had to understand that before people deal with me, they’re going to deal what they think I’m going through. Then time will pass and then they’ll realize that this is just my life, the stuff I was given to deal with.”
“The Michael J. Fox Show” debuts on NBC on Sept. 26, here’s a preview of the show.