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    Ryan Reynolds Celebrates Michael J. Fox’s Influence & Legacy

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    Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg , Michael J. Fox and Rep. Annie Kuster in, Keene NH on Feb 8, 2020. (Photo: Chuck Kennedy/PFA)

    In a testament to the enduring impact of friendship and the power of resilience, Ryan Reynolds has penned a heartfelt homage to Michael J. Fox.

    Actor Ryan Reynolds
    Actor Ryan Reynolds

    Recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024, Fox, a beloved icon, has not only captivated audiences with his acting chops but has also emerged as a formidable champion for Parkinson’s research and advocacy.

    Actor Ryan Reynolds
    Actor Ryan Reynolds

    Ryan Reynolds, known for his charismatic on-screen presence and quick wit, took to Instagram to share his profound connection with Fox.

    Ryan Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds

    “This man means a lot to me. And I know he means a lot to many of you…” Reynolds expressed, emphasizing that his bond with Fox transcends the usual celebrity friendships.

    Ryan Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds

    Fox’s influence is seen not just through his contributions to film and television but also through his courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease—a journey he has navigated with remarkable openness since his diagnosis in 1991.

    Ryan Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds

    His founding of the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 stands as a beacon of hope for many, including Reynolds’ father, helping to alleviate the sense of isolation felt by millions worldwide.

    Michael J Fox
    Michael J Fox

    Reynolds, who has served on the board of The Michael J. Fox Foundation since 2009, recalled their 17-year friendship with admiration. Describing Fox as “funny,” “warm,” “handsome and intensely smart,” Reynolds revealed the depth of his affection and respect.

    Michael J Fox
    Michael J Fox

    He poignantly noted Fox’s propensity to “fall a lot” not just due to his condition but because he’s “unafraid to fly,” emphasizing a metaphor for Fox’s fearless approach to life and its challenges.

    Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan and family
    Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan and family

    In his tribute, Reynolds shared a personal anecdote about his 8-year-old daughter’s newfound favorite film, “Back to the Future,” noting that it’s become a generational bridge, connecting her to the same sense of wonder he experienced.

    actor Ryan Reynolds
    actor Ryan Reynolds

    “I know how lucky I am to call Mike a friend. She still has no idea that I know him,” Reynolds shared, revealing the humble nature of his admiration.

    actor Ryan Reynolds
    actor Ryan Reynolds

    The sentiment was further echoed by Reynolds when he elaborated on the life lessons he hopes to pass down to his daughter, not just the ones Fox has mastered, but also the freedom to take risks: “It’s OK to fall a lot. It’s the absolute best way to know you’re flying.”

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    Fans and followers alike responded with heartfelt reactions to Reynolds’ moving words. Comments poured in, celebrating the tribute and reflecting on the universal affection for Fox. “Reading that made my eyes leak just a little.

    Ryan Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds

    Beautiful words, straight from your soul about a truly beautiful man,” one fan wrote, while another resonated with the poignant line about being unafraid to fly, indicating how these words struck a chord within the collective heart of the audience.

    Michael J. Fox and mom Phyllis
    Michael J. Fox and mom Phyllis

    The mutual respect between these two stalwarts of the entertainment industry is palpable. Fox’s response to Reynolds’ tribute encapsulated the strength of their connection: “With friends like @vancityreynolds it’s easier to accomplish anything. Thanks buddy 🦊.”

    Ryan Reynolds & James Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds & James Reynolds

    As Michael J. Fox continues to shape lives with his “uniquely electric wit and self-aware charm,” and Ryan Reynolds champions the message of embracing vulnerability, together they offer a powerful narrative about friendship, fortitude, and the human spirit’s ability to inspire across generations.

    Relevant articles:
    Ryan Reynolds pens sweet tribute to Michael J. Fox: ‘He means a lot’
    Ryan Reynolds Pens Moving Tribute to Michael J. Fox for ‘Time Magazine’
    Ryan Reynolds Pens Incredibly Moving Tribute to Friend Michael J. Fox
    “I know how lucky I am to call Mike a friend” — Ryan Reynolds pens heartfelt message for Michael J. Fox on 2024 TIME100

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