Sep 17 2013, 6:58am CDT | by ABC News Radio
Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- For some, the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be debilitating, but for Michael J. Fox he says his diagnosis has improved his acting.
The 52-year-old actor tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I used to be really nervous and sit in my dressing room and fret about a scene that was coming up and sweat it out and say 'What am I going to do? You say action and I have to do something. What am I going to do? And what's that actor going to do? And how do I respond to that?'"
"And now...I don't worry about that bit I was going to do or the look I was gonna give because when I get there I may not be able to give that look or do that thing or move that glass," he explained.
"I had a certain fluidity to my movements and rhythm of speech and a physicality that I had depended on," he continued. "It served me really well, but when that was taken away, I found that there was other stuff that I could use. That hesitation, that Parkinsonian affect, is an opportunity to just pause in a moment and collect as a character and respond to what’s happening and just gave me this kind of gravitas. It really gave me a new view of things."
Fox is making a TV comeback in the new NBC series, The Michael J. Fox Show. He plays a newscaster with Parkinson's who returns to work after a long time away from the business./>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>
The Michael J. Fox Show premieres Sept. 26.
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