A Documentary That Feels Like an ’80s Movie: Davis Guggenheim on STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie | Interviews

At the start of the documentary, we see Michael J. Fox strolling on a Manhattan sidewalk together with his bodily therapist who reminds him that when he will get caught as a consequence of Parkinson’s he must “cease and reset.” That appears to be one of many themes of the movie.

There is a theme within the film the place Michael’s at all times transferring. It is in his books. It is in how he writes. He talks about originally of his life, he is working towards one thing. After which when he will get Parkinson’s he is working away from one thing. That is a very highly effective theme that is not solely true to his life however true to lots of people’s lives. It feels true to my life the place you are racing and racing and racing, and also you assume you need to conquer the subsequent challenge or the subsequent hill. I believe what Michael discovered by Parkinson’s is to decelerate, and to be current. And I believe that is a message that we are able to all study from.

We see that when he says he was not current as a father earlier than he grew to become ailing, after which we see him now together with his household, having such a joyous time.

Oh, my God. He is a beautiful dad. I’ve seen him together with his kids, not simply when we’ve cameras there, but in addition after we’re simply hanging out. They love him a lot. He exudes pleasure when he is round his youngsters, they usually really feel it, they usually love him. They seem to be a very, very tight household. Tracy’s a beautiful mom.

Like their dad, they are often very trustworthy however in a humorous and loving method.

He talks about this. That when he is together with his household, they do not pity him. They are not like, “Oh, poor you, you have obtained Parkinson’s.” They take the piss out of him. He simply needs to be handled like another dad and also you see that within the film. You see a type of ease with them and a pleasure with them once they’re collectively.

Have been you a fan of his work within the ’80s? 

I’d name myself an off-the-cuff fan. I noticed “Again to the Future,” I noticed “Doc Hollywood,” I noticed “Casualties of Conflict.” However I did not see all his motion pictures. I used to be type of an off-the-cuff, “Oh, I like him.” However to be candid, I believe I underestimated him. I believed, “Oh, he is that humorous man from ‘Household Ties’ and ‘Again to the Future.’ I did not understand he was such an important author. I did not understand he had such knowledge. I believe one of many belongings you get from the film is how clever he’s and the way perceptive.