Michael J. Fox may hold dual Canadian-American citizenship now, but says, “My reference for everything is my Canadian background.”
Fox is one of the newest laureates of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.
The Emmy-winning actor — whose popular TV and film credits include Family Ties, the Back to the Future trilogy, Spin City, Rescue Me and The Good Wife — spoke with CBC’s Eli Glasner following Thursday morning’s awards announcement.
Fox shared his thoughts on a variety of topics, from his memorable Oscar night, why he continues to speak out on issues like immigration and how being Canadian sets artists apart.
Q: I’ve got to start by congratulating you on the Oscars bit [with fellow Canadian actor Seth Rogen].
A: Yeah, that was fun. We had a moment when he acknowledged me from Burnaby [B.C., where he attended high school], him from Kerrisdale. What were we doing there?
Q: Where were you when the show ended?
A: We were in the green room in the back and we decided to leave to get a head start because traffic is just crazy around the Oscars and we wanted to get to the after party. So we thought we’d head out and get a jump on the traffic. When we got in the car, my son texted me and said “What just happened?” and I didn’t know.
And he texted me back and said “That was incredible.” So we turned on YouTube and we saw it. It was amazing.
Q: CBC covered a protest rally [on Oscar weekend] where you talked about being a proud American, so how does it feel to get this Canadian honour after settling in the U.S, for so long?
A: Well, I believe my comments were that it took me 10 years to get my American citizenship and I was actually stupid enough to be pissed about that, because it was a lot. Then I compared it to the experience of refugees that are coming to the States, and they have an infinitely more horrific journey to that first step towards citizenship.