Michael J. Fox says one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s performances gave him a “peaceful” push to stop acting.
The star — who officially retired from acting in 2020 — was revealed in a A recent interview with Empire Watching DiCaprio’s role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” helped him stick to the decision.
The 61-year-old said in 2020 that he is getting in “Second retirement“Because he”I can’t count on my ability to speak Any day,” making the disposition uncomfortable.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29, but admitted he lived with “seven years of denial” before revealing his diagnosis to the masses in 1998.
The “Back to the Future” star told the outlet that watching one of DiCaprio’s scenes in the 2019 film, which stars the 48-year-old Academy Award winner as a fading Hollywood dude struggling with the realization that his career is ending, gave him the extra push to walk away.
I thought of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. [and] “There’s a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character can’t remember his lines anymore,” said Fox. “He went back to his dressing room yelling at himself in the mirror. Just crazy weird.”
He then said that the actor’s role reminded him of his struggles in real life, adding, “I had this moment where I was looking in the mirror and I thought, ‘I can’t remember her anymore. ‘” Well, let’s move on. It was peaceful.”
Last month, the beloved actor opened up about his life expectancy, noting that “every day is harder.”
“You don’t die from Parkinson’s disease. He said in a CBS Sunday Morning interview.
“I was thinking about her dying. I will never be 80,” he added. “Every day is harder.”
Fox’s documentary Still, about his journey with the terminal illness, is now streaming on Apple TV+.
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