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Michael J. Fox sees the humour in his Parkinson Disease symptoms

The actor admits he finds his symptoms "funny".
Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracey Pollan.

If Michael J. Fox is struggling with the effects of his Parkinson’s disease symptoms, you’d never know.

The Back to the Future star, who was diagnosed with the neurological disease 26 years ago, recently opened on disease saying “most days “I literally can’t stop laughing at my own symptoms.”

In his interview with AARP The Magazine the actor shed some light on his experience with symptoms of the disease, especially the tremors he lives with.

Fox says he gets the most laughs when he’s trying to do normal everyday tasks, such as making a cup of coffee for his wife Tracy without spilling the lot while trying to carry it to her.

“Just the other morning I come into the kitchen.

“I pour a cup – a little trouble there. Then I put both hands around the cup. She’s watching. ‘Can I get that for you, dear?’ ‘Nah, I got it!’

“Then I begin this trek across the kitchen. It starts off bad. Only gets worse. Hot java’s sloshing onto my hands, onto the floor.”

Michael with his wife Tracy at an anniversary screening of Back to the Future. Photo: Getty

The 55-year-old went public about his disease in 1998 and admitted that while others looked at him with ‘dread’ he eventually saw the funny side.

He says: “It was easy for me to tune into the way other people were looking into my eyes and seeing their own fear reflected back.

“I’d assure them that ‘I’m doing great – because I was.

“After a while, the disconnect between the way I felt and the dread people were projecting just seemed, you know, funny.”

Michael and Tracy with their children Sam and Esme. Photo: Getty

The star has continued to enjoy a busy acting career, going on to nab three Emmy nominations for his work on The Good Wife.

In 2011, Fox appeared in an episode of the comedy hit television show Curb Your Enthusiasm where he played himself without hiding his symptoms.

He also debuted the The Michael J. Fox Show in 2013 playing a newsreader with Parkinson’s.

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