The Fantastic Mr. Fox - A Dotson Rader interview with the beloved actor
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Numbrix 47 45 43 � 49 59 ILLUSTRATION: GRAFILU 39 37 25 15 63 79 77 73 1 7 9 April 1, 2012 � 5 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. MICHAEL J FOX AT "I don't life ON FIRST SIGHT, Michael J. Fox looks like the look at BY DOTSON RADER COVER AND OPENING PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAKE CHESSUM 6 � April 1, 2012 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. PHOTO CREDITS WILL GO HERE AS SHOWN boyishly handsome man who starred on the TV series Spin City nearly 12 years ago. Wearing a blue baseball cap, a plaid shirt over a black T, distressed jeans, and black loafers, he's standing in a hallway of the elegant building on New York's Fifth Avenue where he lives with his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, and their four children. Often, he tells me, he goes for walks in Central Park across the street. But as we settle into a well-worn sofa, his left arm abruptly begins to shake, his head jerks to the side, his body shudders--and suddenly the effects of Parkinson's disease on the 50-year-old actor are poignantly apparent. He ignores them. "People ask me, `Does it bother you when you shake in front of people?' " he says. "No. It sometimes bothers me when I can't do what I want, but I don't give a damn how it looks." He neither complains about what his illness has done to him nor frets about what lies ahead. "I'm the big worrier," Pollan, his wife of 23 years, tells me later. "Michael says there's no point in worrying because if something [bad] does happen, then you've lived it twice. He's very cool." as a ba le" Fox was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder in 1991, at the age of 30, after noticing a small, persistent twitch in his hand. He kept his condition a secret for years, finally going public in 1998 and testifying before Congress. Since establishing the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in 2000, he has raised $285 million and brought worldwide attention to a debilitating condition that afflicts millions. (April, it should be noted, is Parkinson's Awareness Month.) Much as Elizabeth Taylor became the symbol of the campaign against AIDS, Fox has become the public face of Parkinson's. His career is going strong, despite warnings when he was diagnosed that he'd be able to work for only 10 more years. He scored his 12th Emmy nomination last year for guesting on The Good Wife, in the prickly role of Louis Canning, a lawyer who plays up his Parkinson's-like symptoms to manipulate judge and jury. "We wanted to have a character who uses his disability cynically," says The Good Wife cocreator Michelle King. (Canning returned this year and is expected to continue into next season.) Over a long afternoon, we talk about his hopes The star and Parkinson's research advocate opens up about love, loss, and why he's blessed PHOTO CREDITS WILL GO HERE AS SHOWN GOING THE DISTANCE When he revealed his Parkinson's diagnosis, Fox says, "I found an amazing outpouring of love." April 1, 2012 � 7 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. and fears, the family who loves him, and what has sustained him since he left Canada for Hollywood at age 18. The lengthy conversation tires him, but his optimism never flags. What hit movie did Fox fear he was terrible in? The star talks about his career at Parade.com/fox PARADE You were one of five kids in a conservative Canadian family. Your dad was in the military, your mom worked as a clerk. Why did you take off for Hollywood? proud of what you've done. There's no shame in coming home, and know that we're here for you." I understood what it meant for my father to write that, and I took it as a reminder of how far I'd come. I always believed in that next thing--and that turned out to be the audition for Family Ties. When you arrived in L.A., you got some acting work, and then it stopped. Why didn't you go home at that point? [laughs] It was grim. I had a girlfriend who moved down from Canada with me, but we were drifting apart. I had no money, no phone. I was ducking the landlord. I was scared. Then my dad wrote me a letter saying, "We're really /(*$/ 127,&( At first it was like I was in cement shoes in the middle of the road and a bus was coming and I knew it was going to hit me. For a time I dealt with it with alcohol, which turned out to be a disaster. I'd always been kind of a partier, but this was the first time I was drinking in order not to feel something. It had a dark purpose. About a year after my diagnosis, I woke up one morning and saw Tracy's face. I was supposed to have gotten up hours earlier and taken Sam to the country, but I slept in. I was on the couch; I was sweaty. I looked up at her, /(*$/ 127,&( expecting to see sadness or anger or disappointment. All I saw was complete boredom. She said, "Is this what you want?" Instantly I knew--no, this isn't what I want or who I am. So I quit drinking in '92. I recognized I had choices about drinking, and that made me realize I had choices about Parkinson's as well. I could say, "I'm powerless over this, but I have things I can do." I could apply everything I'd learned about getting drinking out of my life to dealing with Parkinson's. Some people would be so devastated they'd contemplate suicide. Did you ever? If You Purchased NIVEA Good-bye Cellulite or My Silhouette! 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"Sam [their oldest child] was only 2 when Michael was diagnosed. It's really all our children know; it's just always been the way it is. And they're all very empathetic people. They definitely think of Michael as strong and in charge, but they're also protective of him. It's sweet. I see very positive effects in them. "My family absolutely comes first, and I don't mean that in a Pollyanna way. It's the focus of my life because it's what makes me happy." )RU D FRS\ RI WKH IXOO 1RWLFH RI 3URSRVHG &ODVV $FWLRQ 6HWWOHPHQW DQG D &ODLP )RUP ZULWH WR GBC MS Settlement Administrator, c/o Strategic Claims Services, 1 -DFNVRQ 6WUHHW 6XLWH 0HGLD 3$ RU YLVLW ZZZJEFPVVHWWOHPHQWFRP � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. GROOMING, JOANNA PENSINGER/EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS; STYLING, MONICA COTTO. CLOTHING, COVER: SUIT, LANVIN PARIS; SHIRT, BROOKS BROTHERS; SHOES, BOTTEGA VENETA. INSIDE: SWEATER, BROOKS BROTHERS. PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE SURREY, NYC. PHOTOS, FROM LEFT: PAUL HIFFMEYER/DISNEYLAND; DAVID M. RUSSELL/CBS. I was first going to be a writer. I love to write. [Fox has produced three best-selling books.] As a kid, I played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in junior high and got lost in the puzzle and magic of it. I think it was an escape for me. I don't mean in the sense of "Oh, God, I've got to get out of here!" but I needed bigger choices. That series and the Back to the Future films made you rich and famous. But two years after your first child, Sam, was born, you were given the devastating diagnosis of Parkinson's. How did you deal with it? With wife Tracy Pollan and (from left) kids Sam, Esm�, Aquinnah, and Schuyler in 2009. FAMILY MAN How do you battle Parkinson's? I don't look at life as a battle or as a fight. I don't think I'm scrappy. I'm accepting. I say "living with" or "working through" Parkinson's. Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it. I look at it like I'm a fluid that's finding the fissures and cracks and flowing through. You took a role on The Good Wife where you're playing against type and highlighting your Parkinson's symptoms. A tricky thing to do, but it's won you raves. into clinical trials as fast as possible. We set up an infrastructure to help scientists find a biomarker that can identify Parkinson's before symptoms are present and track the progress of the disease in a way that's never been charted. We're doing research into drugs. I talk a lot to patients who've just been diagnosed.They say, "If people only knew, they'd [care more]." I say, "You can't count on that. Pity is a benign form of abuse. You have to care about yourself and get other people involved." [Learn more about the foundation's work and the Fox Trial Finder at Parade.com/fox.] Your wife, Tracy, has been at your side through all of this. ... It's been a great opportunity to use different tools than I've used before. People think my character, Louis Canning, is a bad guy. I play him like he doesn't see the problem. In his own way, his motive is pure. He wants to win the case, collect his money, and go home to his family. So if he finds an expedient way to do that, he doesn't see it as being controversial or unethical. He hasn't confused ethics with morals. We've been through a lot together. Many marriages don't survive that kind of stress. Why does she stay? It's hard to explain why this amazing woman would want to stay. People say, "Tracy's a rock." She always laughs at that and says, "I'm not a rock." And she's not. She's a living, reactive person. We've been very blessed and haven't had a lot of big challenges other than Parkinson's.Tracy knows she can count on me when there are issues we face. We still love each other and make each other laugh, which is probably the most important thing. She still thinks I'm smart and funny and sexy. What advice do you give your kids? Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife. UNCOMMON LAW Sparring with Why did you start your foundation? I wanted to see more money spent directly on Parkinson's research. We have no Department of Cures in the government--it's us. I wanted to create an entity that does something about it. I know the answer is out there. It's attainable. What does the foundation do? I told them early on, "When you go out the door in the morning, choose happiness." They roll their eyes. [laughs] You seem happy. Are you? We've become the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research in the world. We want to get things As a kid who was short, I've always thought, "If that's my biggest problem, then life is a bowl of cherries." I still feel that way now, no matter what I face. I really love being alive. I really love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is. April 1, 2012 � 9 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. Find these great products & more at low prices in the Garden Center. Was . � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. Was . Was . � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. Views By Jim Abbo and Tim Brown A League of His Own Former pro pitcher Jim Abbo writes about his li lest fans--the disabled kids who reminded him what life is all about O n Sept. 4, 1993, Jim Abbott achieved something that few professional pitchers ever have: He pitched a no-hitter. And he did it with just one hand. Born with no more than a stub of a pinky nger at the end of his right arm, Abbott learned as a child in Flint, Mich., to pitch, field, and throw using only his le arm. Before retiring from baseball in 1999 (he currently lives in Anaheim, Calif., with his wife and two kids), Abbo pitched for the Angels, White Sox, Brewers, and Yankees. But while he enjoyed many big moments in his 10-year career, what he remembers most were the disabled children who came to watch him play. In this excerpt from his new book, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, he shares how meeting them helped keep him in the game. VICTORY! Abbott celebrating after his no-hitter for the Yankees. They were shy and beautiful, and they were loud and funny, and they were, like me, somehow imperfectly built. And, like me, they had parents nearby, parents who willed themselves to believe that this accident of circumstance or nature was not a life sentence, and that the spirits inside these tiny bodies were greater than the sums of their hands and feet. The letters began in spring training, a couple at a time. Soon, there were requests from kids to come to camp, and we'd schedule 12 � April 1, 2012 15 minutes a day. By the time we got to Anaheim, a couple letters would become dozens, and during the season, hundreds. [Angels executive] Tim Mead and I answered every one, because I knew how far a little boy or girl could run with 50 words of reassurance. The letters became lines of families at the doorways of clubhouses from Fenway to Comiskey to the Kingdome, and tiny, quiet tears in dugouts from Arlington Stadium to the SkyDome to Anaheim. So I would find my glove and go into the dugout, where another family was waiting with another story. The parents would be appreciative, and their little boy would stare with wide, yearning eyes, and he would be missing an arm, so continued on page 14 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. PHOTO: FOCUS ON SPORT/GETTY IMAGES I KNEW HOW FAR A LITTLE BOY OR GIRL COULD RUN WITH WORDS OF REASSURANCE one sleeve of his baseball jersey would flop all over, and it wouldn't seem to bother him at all. "Hey," I'd say, "you play baseball?" "Yeah." "Show me how you do your glove." And the little boy would hoist this massive glove head high, waiting for an imaginary throw, determination spread across his face. "What position do you play?" "Pitcher, like you." "Aw, don't be a pitcher," I'd say. "Be a shortstop. They get to play every day. All right, now show me how you hold the bat." The parents would laugh along. I know they wanted to know: How had I made it work? How could they? How would their boy grow up to be whatever he wanted to be? I would tell them about my parents. They'd made me feel special for what I was, and yet treated me like every other kid. I would tell them about my frustration, and my parents' words: "This is something to be lived up to." I would ask them to see that amazing things could happen. My parents had done that for me, and they could do the same for their boy. Some kids came with their own tales of achievement. They were playing baseball. They were playing SPECIAL MARKET OPPORTUNITY Your Expert Guide to the World's Finest Coins Nicholas J. Bruyer, Chairman & Founder, First Federal Coin ANA Life Member Since 1974 $5,340 for an Ounce of Silver Bullion? Impossible! 10 years ago I'd have called you crazy to make such a prediction. Yet today it's a fact. Now our deal with a $4 billion precious metals wholesaler nets you a great deal for America's hottest ounce of silver! It wasn't more than ten years ago that we met with former U.S. Mint Director Donna Pope. She spoke with pride about what she considered to be her greatest achievement as Director under President Reagan: Creation of the American Eagle silver and gold bullion coin programs, the first of their kind in our nation's history. The purpose of these coins was to give people the opportunity to own physical silver and gold in a form certified for weight and purity by the U.S. Mint. While the bullion coin program was a signal success, nobody took into account the profound effect it would have on the collector market. Silver Eagles = Today's Morgan Dollars In the 1800s and early 1900s, the U.S. Morgan Silver Dollar was struck year upon year at various mints and circulated at face value. Their core value was in their precious metal content. However, in top grades, Morgan Silver Dollars can sell today for tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars each! 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Here are just a few eye-popping examples: 1996 MS70 Silver Eagle 1988 MS70 Silver Eagle 1991 MS70 Silver Eagle 1994 MS70 Silver Eagle $5,340 $2,660 $3,910 $1,660 Moreover, every coin is certified and encapsulated by NGC, one of the top two firms for grading coins. But better yet, because we received the very first coins released from the mint, they all have the value-enhancing "First Releases" designation. What Does "First Releases" Mean? NGC designates only those coins it certifies as having been released during the first 30 days of issue as First Releases. Actual size Collectors place a premium on is 40.6 mm these coins because they are struck from freshly made dies, which is thought to impart superior quality. Only a miniscule number of the mintage gets the First Releases pedigree - so it can turbo charge the value of an already valuable MS70 coin. 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Note: First Federal Coin is a private distributor of government and private coin and medallic issues and is not affiliated with the United States government. Facts and figures were deemed accurate as of January 2012. �First Federal Coin, 2012. American Numismatic Association Nicholas Bruyer Life Member 4489 � 14101 Southcross Drive W., Burnsville, Minnesota 55337 1-888-201-7057 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. Brunch for a Bunch Mary Sue Milliken, cle co-chef of Border Grill in L.A. and Vegas, whips up eggs for guests At my house, we kick off Easter morning with a rousing egg hunt that keeps everyone laughing. All the excitement revs up people's appetites, so I like to have a meal ready that takes a minimum of cooking. This baked casserole makes the perfect brunch. It pairs peas, garlic, and basil with peppers, eggs, and serrano ham. The dish goes well with chunks of country bread drizzled with olive oil and toasted or grilled. I cook the pea mixture ahead of time so all I have to do is warm it, crack the eggs, arrange the sliced peppers, and pop the dish in the oven. My 13-year-old son just gobbles this up. Spring Peas with Eggs and Ham 4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, diced (about 112 cups) 1 tsp salt 1 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 4 cup pine nuts 3 cups green peas (fresh or frozen) 3 4 cup water 1 2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves 2 red bell peppers, roasted and peeled, one diced and one cut into 14-inch strips 2 oz serrano ham or prosciutto, cut into thin strips 8 eggs 1 3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 THIS BAKED CASSEROLE MAKES THE PERFECT BRUNCH " Preheat oven to 400�F. In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil for 30 seconds. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until onion is soft and golden. Add garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Meanwhile, toast pine nuts in a dry pan over low heat until slightly golden and aromatic, 4 to 6 minutes. Add to skillet, along with peas and water. Simmer for 5 minutes or until peas are cooked. Add basil, diced bell pepper, and ham; bring to a boil. Remove skillet from heat. Spread pea mixture evenly in a 9-inch round or square ceramic or earthenware casserole dish or skillet. With the back of a ladle, make 8 indentations in pea mixture. Break eggs carefully, one at a time, into a bowl and slide each into an indentation. Frame eggs with bell pepper strips and sprinkle all with cheese. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until eggs are cooked to your liking. SERVES: 4 | PER SERVING: 500 calories, 27g carbs, 27g protein, 33g fat, 390mg cholesterol, 1,210mg sodium, 8g fiber Mary Sue Milliken will cook at Mandalay Bay's Border Grill on Friday, May 11, at the sixth annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon App�tit. The event runs from May 10 to May 13 and features 60 restaurants, 50 chefs, and 30 sommeliers. Buy tickets at vegasuncorked.com. From Imperfect: An Improbable Life, by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown. Published by Ballantine, part of Random House Inc. � 2012 by Jim Abbott 14 � April 1, 2012 � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. PHOTOS, FROM TOP: TRAVIS RATHBONE FOR PARADE, FOOD STYLING BY ROSCOE BETSILL, PROP STYLING BY MICHELLE WONG; COURTESY OF BORDER GRILL. NUTRITION ANALYSIS/CONSULTING BY JEANINE SHERRY, M.S., R.D. SundayBrunch Jim Abbott | from page 12 hockey. They were getting straight A's, or learning to drive, or playing in the band. They wanted me to know they were doing great, too. There was a boy I met, maybe 14. His arm was about to be amputated. He wanted to come see me pitch, but when he was healthy enough to visit the ballpark, I wasn't healthy enough to pitch. I was on the disabled list. We just missed each other. He was a good kid, and scared. Tim Mead called on a Saturday morning. The boy had suffered a stroke. I drove to Anaheim and together we went to the hospital. The boy, ashamed that I would see him hurt and vulnerable, began to cry. His mother began to cry. I couldn't help but cry. I sat on the bed and we talked about courage, about getting better, and about believing in himself. We left him in that room. Then, in silence, we drove back to Anaheim. Tim left me at my car, climbed the stairs to his office, and pulled the door closed. Then he began to cry. There were so many others out there like that boy. I was inspired. They pushed me back onto the field and into my own battles. I was going to be just like them. StayHealthy Snack Smarts PHOTOS, FROM LEFT: ISTOCKPHOTO (5); SONY PICTURES TELEVISION Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You By Nancy Kalish DR. OZ'S Some "healthy" foods aren't always the best choice SMART MOVE OF THE WEEK FLAVORED YOGURT BANANA CHIPS PRETZELS ETZELS HUMMUS RANOLA GRANOLA SINNER One small container of low-fat flavored yogurt can come loaded with over 24 grams (almost six teaspoons) of sugar--more than two Oreos' worth. Banana chips sound healthy--after all, they're fruit. The problem: If the chips are fried, they can pack almost as many calories per ounce as potato chips, plus 10 grams of sugar. Nosh on freezedried chips (or dehydrated ones). Or just peel yourself a banana. Though low in fat, a one-ounce serving (about nine small pretzels) can have 500 milligrams of sodium--more than 30 percent of the American Heart Association's recommended daily intake. Grab a handful of unsalted nuts the next time you're craving a savory, crunchy snack. Hummus can be good for you, but some brands contain a hefty dose of fat. Even the organic kind can be a sugar bomb. Just a half cup can have 300 calories-- nearly five times the amount in the same size serving of plain oatmeal--and 11 grams of sugar. WINNER Look for brands with 12 grams of sugar or less per serving. Or top protein-rich plain Greek yogurt with sliced fresh fruit. Choose a spread with no more than three grams of fat per two-tablespoon serving. Or make your own (for an easy recipe, go to Parade.com/snacks). Fill your bowl with a low- or no-sugar cereal, then sprinkle one or two tablespoons of granola on top. Omega-3's are key to heart health: They improve blood ow by preventing platelets (tiny fragments of cells that block arteries) from sticking together. You can nd them in oily cold-water sh (tuna, salmon, mackerel), cooking oils (canola, axseed), and walnuts. For video health tips from Dr. Oz, go to Parade.com/oz. *According to the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the average amount of cholesterol in one egg is 185 mg, down from 215 mg. Brought to you by America's egg farmers. � PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved. ADVERTISEMENT WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE: Super-Powerful "Diet Pills" Make Comeback They're flying off the shelf... But they're NOT for everyone! ost of us thought the era of the "Super-Powerful" diet pill ended a few years back when the FDA removed Ephedra and Fen-Phen from the U.S. market because of safety concerns. Well, it turns out that "most of us" were wrong. It seems that a huge, multibillion-dollar, "underground" market for these amphetamine-like fat burners sprung up even before the ink was dry on the FDA's decree. But recently, an entirely new crop of high-quality, super-powerful and supereffective diet pills are coming out of hiding and are hitting the shelves of your local Wal-Mart and GNC. The current leader in this new category is a product called BiphedAdreneTM , developed and sold by Generix Labs, LLC. The company tells us that BiphedAdrene is a two-part system comprised of a unique "Amphetamine Provisional Complex" (for powerful appetite control, mood-elevation, and energy) combined with an aggressive thermogenic compound (for fat burning M and stamina). This two-pronged attack on fat is apparently what makes the compound so effective... and so popular. While the pills do cause rapid weight loss (no doubt about that), these amphetamine-like compounds are fast becoming a favorite among bodybuilders, college students, and overstressed, exhausted homemakers for their energy and stamina-boosting properties (in other words as powerful "go-fast" pills). Because cult-like trends that begin with bodybuilders and college students quickly become mainstream, many BiphedAdrene (or BiPhed for short) critics are concerned about the overuse of these powerful compounds. While the pills do cause rapid weight loss (no doubt about that), most people buy them as "speed" pills A spokesperson for Generix Labs explains, "One of the things we often heard, as we made a study of the weightloss market, is that people missed the mood-elevation and boost of energy that were `side-effects,' if you will, of the Fen-Phen and Ephedra class of diet pills. The weight loss was always primary, but nearly as important was the increase in energy and mood. These new nonamphetamine compounds provide not only very substantial weight loss, but also a similar mood and energy boost." While these "super pills" are finding their way into the general marketplace, they are definitely not for everyone. In fact, you shouldn't even think about taking them if losing five or six "vanity pounds" is your goal. These diet pills are intended exclusively for the significantly overweight. But that's not the only caveat. You should check with your doctor to ensure you are in overall good health before considering any of this new category of pills. Let's face it... even though this new generation of diet pills, such as BiphedAdrene, promise "easy" weight loss, increased energy, and improved mood, they are expensive ($135 for a 30-day supply) and need to be used very responsibly. See you in the supplement section! NOW BACK IN STOCK! We at Generix Labs sincerely apologize to anyone who has been unable to find BiphedAdrene at their local retailer. We simply didnt anticipate the overwhelming demand due to recent publicity. However, we are happy to announce that BiphedAdrene is once again available direct from the manufacturer (and shipping is always free!). Enter promo code INSTOCK at checkout and save $25! To Order Direct Call 1-800-465-1993 All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. �2012 All Rights Reserved. BR13859-38 or Visit www.BiPhed.com � PARADE Publications 2011. 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