I have to ask this question: Why is that when Michael J. Fox makes an appearance on any television program now, his characters now have to have some kind of impairment?

When I heard that he would be making a guest appearance on Rescue Me next season I turned to my husband and asked him if he wanted to take bets on what was going to be wrong with his character – what ailment or disease was he going to have this time?

On Scrubs, he had OCD. On Boston Legal, he had cancer. And now, a few days later, I find out that his character on Rescue Me will be wheelchair bound.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence but I have to wonder. Is it that MJF wants it that way so he can subconsciously remind viewers that there is something wrong there? Is it the writers who think they have to ‘cover’ for his physical mannerisms caused by Parkinson’s Disease?

Don’t misunderstand – I’m not criticizing. On Boston Legal his character’s cancer was a major plot point. On Scrubs his character’s OCD lead to a very moving scene in post-op. And if MJF wants to remind viewers of why he just doesn’t look and move like he used to, it makes sense. I’m just nosy by nature and I’d like to know if this is by design or just some strange coincidence.


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    • mkm on August 26, 2009 at 11:58 PM
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    I tottaly agree, I wish to have many kind of carachters.
    Maybe these writers are just not creative enough so they can give him a real piece.

    • Chris on March 22, 2009 at 9:35 PM
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    I think he likes playing sick characters that show the world impaired people can overcome their sickness and still be happy, like he has.

    • Jeania on January 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    Honestly I think it’s as what was said by Denis Leary, that he IS totally selfless. I’ve been reading about him today (was in a discussion with my fiance who thought that he was the second ‘spin city’ and I corrected him ^^). I’m not a major Fox follower, but I’ve always liked him, he’s a great guy and it really plays out on the screen. For those who haven’t, read his IMDB bio and Wikipedia.

    I think, that like ‘information’ on Parkinson’s that was always given after an episode of Spin City, he just really became a lot more aware of what is out there in the world. And those of Hollywood (the ones not just doing it for publicity or “look at the good things I’m doing, love me!) lol, those who are truly caring about the world, they attempt to inform the world about important things that we should remember. I think that his ‘sick people roles’ are because he knows that there may be some who do watch, and perhaps it’ll give a more ‘honest’ view of those diseases, and make people more aware.

    I also think it allows him to act without having to try to act completely as if he’s not dealing with the diseases… If he’s not dealing with the actual PD itself, he overmedicates himself (read wikipedia) so that it doesn’t become so apparent…but it does lead to the nervous energy and difficulty of speech that is hard to hide. ‘Healthy’ characters would make it difficult to sustain the ‘lack’ of the symptoms.

    Sorry to rattle on ^^ I think that Micheal J Fox really deserve many kudos, not just as an actor, but as a ‘fellow human’. Sure he makes a lot of money, but when has that ever been a crime? ^^ He’s been married for 20 years now, 4 children…both a difficult thing both for Hollywood, and long marriages are rare these days as it is. Obviously something wonderful brews inside that boy 🙂

    • Petra Deason on January 14, 2009 at 3:47 PM
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    Or could it be that the writers write the characters as “sick” people and then when it comes around to casting, Michael comes to mind. I don’t think he’s searching out roles of sick people.

    • P. CIANCIOSI on July 24, 2008 at 6:13 AM
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    • fela on July 17, 2008 at 2:51 PM
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    I am aHUGE fan of Michael J. Fox’s. I always said the same thing. Ever sice Michael came out that he’s sick, all of a sudden his characters are sick. Mike Flaherty was almost diagnosed with prostate cancer, Kevin Casey-OCD, Daniel-Lung Cancer, now he’ll be in a wheelchair. But either way, I’m so excited that he’s healthy enough to return to tv. I Love you Michael.

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