Michael J. Fox wants people to think he’s an “a–hole” — on TV.
The actor — who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 — wanted his on-screen character in “The Good Wife” to also have a disability and prove that disabled people can also be “d–ks.”
“It’s funny because whenever a show or any representation of characters with disabilities on television tend to be sentimental with soft piano music playing in the background and I wanted to prove that disabled people can be a–holes too,” Fox, 55, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“And you want to feel sorry for him, but he’s such a d–k whether intentionally or not,” he added.
Fox plays manipulative defense attorney Louis Canning on the hit CBS series, which ended with a seventh season back in May.
Michael J. Fox says he used his role as Louis Canning on “The Good Wife” to show “disabled people can be a–holes, too”
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The “Back to the Future” star said he incorporated much of his own experience battling Parkinson’s into his portrayal of the character, in an attempt to show that being disabled can be used as an advantage.
“I just knew this was a perfect opportunity to funnel a lot of my life experience into a character and be coy with it,” he said.
“And kind of let it out in dribs and drabs and see if I can make it an effective tool for him to do his job, as opposed to something that prevented him from doing his job.”