Michael J. Fox: Matthew Broderick Almost Drove Me Out of Hollywood

He was always losing roles to Broderick, Fox recalls

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2013 2:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Michael J. Fox was almost driven out of Hollywood and back to Canada, and it was partially thanks to Matthew Broderick, Fox revealed recently at the Casting Society of America's Artios Awards ceremony. "In 1982, I was desperate to have a job in LA. I owed money, and my phone was cut off. I was selling sections of my sectional sofa. I was ready to go back to Canada and pick up nails on my brother’s construction site," Fox recalled, according to Page Six. When he went in to read for Family Ties, "They [initially] wanted Matthew Broderick," Fox said. "He’d usually go in first for auditions, and you’d hear hands shaking. I was always losing jobs to Matthew Broderick." Of course, Fox got the job that time, and the rest is history.

Michael J. Fox attends A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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