'The Michael J. Fox Show': 'We all get our own Parkinson's'

michael-j-fox-the-michael-j-fox-show-newscom-325.jpgZap2it: Did you vet the concept, or even the pilot script, of "The Michael J. Fox Show," with others in the Parkinson's disease community?

Michael J. Fox: No, I didn't. I don't vet creative instinct; I just go with it. I feel that this is a reflection of my experience ... and certainly, in the pilot, it was more prevalent than it is in the [subsequent] scripts.

The way I look at life, the way I look at the reality of Parkinson's, is that sometimes it's frustrating, and sometimes it's funny. I need to look at it that way, and I think other people will look at it that way.

But 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. We'll look at this through the filter of that experience, and we'll say, "Yeah, I need to laugh at my stuff, too." I mean, if someone wants to be outraged, they can be outraged. I don't think it's that outrageous.

Zap2it: How much did your guest turns in recent years on such shows as " Rescue Me," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Good Wife" do to convince you to return to weekly work?

Michael J. Fox: The guest shots were great, and they really brought me to a place of, "This is what I do, this is what I was built and programmed to do." And so, I wanted to do it.

I mean, it's what I love to do, and what I've enjoyed throughout my life, and I just thought, "Why can't I?" I mean, there's no reason not to do it.
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