Michael J. Fox said it was a “nightmare” to sit next to Princess Diana during the London premiere in 1985 Back to the Future. The actor said he had to go to the toilet during the film, but he could not figure out how to get up from his seat with a member of the British royal family next to him. The 59-year-old Fox recently announced that he was retiring from shopping due to his declining health.
“She was sitting next to me. The lights go down and the movie starts and I realize I’m a fake yawn and an arm extends away from being on a date with her, which’s funny,” said Fox during a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the lead role on Wednesday, reports Us Weekly. When the movie started, Fox realized he suddenly needed to go to the bathroom. “So the rest of the movie I sit there like and die. I can not say anything to her and I can not walk away from her because I can not turn my back on her,”
Fox said it was “just pain” during the screening. “It could have been the biggest night of my life, but it was just a nightmare. A peeing nightmare,” he said. Fallon later asked if the late Diana liked it Back to the Future. “She seemed to laugh a few times,” the actress said.
The Teen Wolf star has been busy recently with the release of his new memoir, No Time Live The Future: An optimist considers mortality, which hits bookstores on November 17th. In the book, Fox revealed that he is stepping away from acting as his battle with Parkinson’s disease progresses. “There is a time for everything, and my time to put in a 12-hour workday and remember seven pages of dialogue is best behind me,” the beloved star wrote. “At least for now … I’m going into another retirement. That may change because everything changes. But if this is the end of my acting career, so be it.”
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, shortly after he finished filming Back to the Future successors. In 2000, he retired from trading for the first time after leaving Spin City. The actor eventually returned to television by performing as a guest Save me, Boston Legaland The good wife. He also starred in a short-lived NBC sitcom called Michael J. Fox Show. He made his latest TV appearance on it The good fight, reprising his Good wife character, Louis Canning.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Fox said his short-term memory is “shot”, making it difficult for him to remember lines. He said the only thing he can still do is write. “I’m down with this,” he said. “My guitar playing is not good. My drawing is not good anymore, my dancing was never good and acting gets harder to do. So it’s writing. Fortunately, I really enjoy it.”