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STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie, a documentary by Davis Guggenheim

15 May 2023

This I am looking forward to seeing.

Although Canadian actor and activist Michael J. Fox has featured in a host of movies and TV shows, he’ll always be Marty McFly to me. As someone with a penchant for time travel and science fiction, the Back to the Future films Fox starred in made a lasting impression on me.

STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie, trailer, is a documentary directed by American filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, that explores Fox’s life and work, and his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, at the age of twenty-nine.

Despite the debilitating nature of Parkinson’s, Fox has refused to allow the disorder to stop him in his tracks. He continued to work, and with wife Tracy Pollan, raised four children.

And, deep in the disassociated archives, here’s footage of Fox performing Johnny B. Goode in 2011, at an event staged by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which he created in 2000 to research Parkinson’s disease. To my mind, his rendition of Chuck Berry’s 1958 hit is one of the many highlights of the original Back to the Future movie of 1985.


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Something that really cooks: Michael J Fox replays Johnny B Goode

17 November 2011

Michael J. Fox who played Marty McFly in Back To The Future, recently re-performed Chuck Berry’s 1958 hit Johnny B. Goode at A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson, an annual event staged by his foundation that supports research into Parkinson’s disease.

Fox’s, or rather McFly’s, rendition of Johnny B. Goode at the Enchantment under the sea dance in 1955, is one of the (fictitious) historical events I’d like to witness. It’d also be an opportunity to be a dance floor innovator/early adopter, by showing 1950’s dance-goers a whole new way to trip the light fantastic.

Originally published Thursday 17 November 2011


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