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Michael J Fox: 'I can play any role as long as they have Parkinson's'

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Michael J Fox has quipped that he can continue to do a great job as an actor as long as he plays a character who has Parkinson's disease.

The actor joked about his illness as he was interviewed on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, about his yet-to-be-titled NBC sitcom.

In the show, he will play a newscaster getting back to work after being sidelined for a few years with Parkinson's disease.

The Canadian said that cameos he made on programmes such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife inspired him to get back on the small screen.

He said: "I wasn't doing a lot of work... I just thought, 'As long as I play a guy with Parkinson's, I can do anything'."

Letterman replied: "Makes pretty good sense."

The show portrays how his character, who has been at home for years, co-exists with his loved ones as he gets back to the grind.

Fox, who has made a big contribution towards Parkinson's research over the last 12 years, added in the interview: "It's really a devastating illness for some people. We'd really like to figure it out."

Watch Michael J Fox on The Late Show with David Letterman below:

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