Michael J. Fox is returning to his “Family Ties” network – NBC – this fall, with his new comedy, loosely based on his own life.
But before chatting about his new show, Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle had to ask the actor about appearing on the cover of AARP magazine.
“I went from Teen Beat and Tiger Beat… to AARP,” Michael laughed. “There’s some great tips about colon health!”
Like a fine wine, Michael’s sense of humor has only gotten better with age. But make no mistake, the 51-year-old AARP cover boy is not retiring any time soon. In his new comedy, he’s playing a New York anchorman, whose family and career is turned upside down by Parkinson’s.
“Why is it that you’re just so willing, able and at ease to just bring it out there and deal with it?” Michelle asked.
“Well, I don’t have a choice… But my personal life — you can sit and project out and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to have this and it’s going to be like this and I won’t be able to do that.’ But it’s much more about right now. ‘What can I do right now?’ Right?” Michael explained. “I just thought, I love to do this and as much as anyone will let me do it and give me their time to do it – I should do it. And so, I’m doing it.”
Michael explained how the show fits in with his own life experiences.
“It’s based loosely on my experiences,” he told Michelle. “And I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want my kids to think every time a kid does something goofy on the show that it’s a reflection on them.”
Michael has another sweet project – with famed Magnolia Bakery.
They have created a special cupcake to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month throughout April.
For more information visit www.magnoliabakery.com.