Michael J. Fox Shares Drastic Measures He Took to Get Food Before Fame
Michael J. Fox is opening up about his tumultuous journey to fame, which he admits wasn't always glamorous.
The 61-year-old actor, a now beloved member of the industry, was once just a teenager trying to make it in Hollywood, with no real path or resources to help boost him forward.
In a new conversation with Variety, Fox opened up about his rocky start while pursuing a career in acting, which he first initiated by dropping out of high school and moving from Canada to Los Angeles.
But while the Back to the Future star said he always knew he would "make it" in the industry, even though he had little reason to remain hopeful. "I was living on the margins," he admitted in a new cover story published Thursday, May 11.
"I was 18 years old, with no money, no connections, literally dumpster-diving for food," he recalled.
Nonetheless, he always had faith in his talent, as he always felt from a young age that he "was more talented than a lot of people."
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He also recalled realizing that he had a bright future while working on the 1980 film Midnight Madness, as he told the publication, "I was sitting around with all these actors and I remember thinking, 'Why is this going to work for me and not for them?'"
He confessed. "It's not that I wished them unhappiness or bad luck—I wished them all the success in the world."
"But I knew I was going to make it," he added. "God knows why."
Fox's predictions about his life definitely came true, as he went on to have a prolific Hollywood career before stepping away from the screen amid his decades-long battle with Parkinson's disease.
The Family Ties alum talks all about his story in his brand new documentary, Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, which is available to stream exclusively on Apple TV+ beginning today, May 12.