Michael J. Fox revealed one secret about Hollywood that the industry wanted hidden

The movie business has undergone major changes over the past couple of decades.

Not all of them are for the better. 

And Michael J. Fox revealed one secret about Hollywood that the industry wanted hidden.

Michael J. Fox looks back on his career in acting

Emmy-winning actor Michael J. Fox burst onto the scene starring in the ‘80s NBC sitcom Family Ties as Alex P. Keaton, the conservative son of two former hippies.

His career exploded after playing Marty McFly in the 1985 classic Back to the Future.

Fox was interviewed by PEOPLE Magazine about how the entertainment industry has changed since he got his break in the 1980s versus today.

“There’s an expression I referred to when they gave me an honorary Academy Award — somebody said to me the day before, they were talking about getting this award and being famous and they said ‘You’re ‘80s famous,’” Fox said. “I thought, wow, that’s cool. ‘80s famous. Right, we were different.”

Fox became one of the most well-known young actors of the decade with roles in Teen Wolf and The Secret of My Success.

“We were tougher. We didn’t have social media, we didn’t have any of that crap. We were just famous. Left to our own resources. And it was an amazing time,” Fox explained.

He explained that fame went beyond having his face on the cover of magazines; he got the VIP treatment.

“It’s a funny feel[ing] when you’re that famous,” Fox stated. “And it’s beyond just being on the cover of magazines. It’s like you go to a restaurant and like they pull the best table out of their butts.”

Fame has changed over the years

Fox was asked if he thought it was harder to be famous in the 1980s, when his career took off.

“Well, you had to be talented. That helped,” Fox said.

“We used to bust our ass, our acting muscles and watch other actors and sit around with other actors and talk about acting and talk about it,” Fox added. “And now you’ve got people who just go like, who’s your sweater? What’s your sweater you’re wearing? And what’s that dance step? And you’re the most famous person in the world.”

Fox retired from acting in 2020 because of Parkinson’s disease, but said if he got the right part, he would reconsider.

His most recent work is the 2023 Apple TV+ documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie about his battle with Parkinson’s.

Fame in Hollywood has become very different in the age of social media.

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