Michael J. Fox has a new memoir today, There is no time like the future: The optimist considers mortality, and according to a Los Angeles Times account of the book, he offers a “more sober and realistic vision” of his life than Fox’s previous memoirs. Involved in this more sober and realistic vision, Fox comes to terms with the realization that his acting career is probably over. “There’s time for everything,” he says in the book, “and my time to put in a 12-hour workday and memorize a seven-page dialogue is the best behind me.” Fox says he thinks of it as a “second retirement.” And although there is still a chance that things will change, he says, “if this is the end of my acting career, so be it.”
The reason for this is the deteriorating health of Fox from Parkinson, as he says in the book that he has recently begun to notice more cases of memory loss and confusion – as an attempt to find the keys to his car before he remembers that he can not drive more or ask questions to people who aren’t actually there. He also compares attempts to physically transition to “negotiations in my mind between Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi.” He also says he feels a connection to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character There was a time … In Hollywood, especially in the way he is an actor who struggles to do what came naturally to him. In Fox’s case, however, he says his inability to continue acting is not “self-exaggerating,” explaining, “my job as an actor doesn’t define me.”
If all else fails, Fox also writes that he watched too many old TV shows as a way to explore “another reality” or “visit a world before me,” noting, “just like the performers on those old shows.” one day I will survive in repetitions. “It’s a heartbreaking thing, and it’s hard to say whether the cross between realism and Fox’s optimism makes it better or worse.