Michael J. Fox Praises Nicole Holofcener’s ‘You Hurt My Feelings’ at Sundance


Sometimes stars really are just like us. Michael J. Fox couldn’t help but participate in a Q&A after the premiere of Nicole Holofcener’s You Hurt My Feelings at Sundance, grabbing the mic to tell the director and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus how much he loved the film.

You Hurt My Feelings marks the second collaboration between the Oscar-nominated Holofcener and Emmy-winning Louis-Dreyfus. The two previously worked together on the critically acclaimed film Enough Said, also starring the late James Gandolfini, which premiered at TIFF in 2013. In You Hurt My Feelings, Louis-Dreyfus plays Beth, a New York author whose life unravels when she finds out that her husband, Don (Tobias Menzies), doesn’t like the new book she’s been working on. 

Holofcener, Louis-Dreyfus, and Menzies all attended You Hurt My Feelings’ premiere at Park City’s Eccles Theater. Though she first joked that the film was “a money gig,” Louis-Dreyfus then described the opportunity to work with Holofcener as “irresistible.” “Nicole and I had lunch and she told me about this premise, and as soon as she told me the premise, I thought, Yeah, I’m doing this movie,” Louis-Dreyfus continued. “It’s a very small thing about a very big thing, and that is what was appealing to me.” 

When Holofcener opened the Q&A up to the audience, a famous fan emerged in Michael J. Fox. Fox’s new documentary, Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, which details his storied career in Hollywood, his life with Parkinson’s disease, and his work as a Parkinson’s disease activist, is also playing the festival. Fox introduced himself simply as “Michael” to thunderous applause from the Sundance crowd, before gushing about how much he loved You Hurt My Feelings and how he saw his own 35-year marriage to Tracy Pollan reflected back from the screen.

Holofcener is not the only person Fox has praised while at Sundance. The actor also took time to shout out his Back to the Future colead, Christopher Lloyd, in an interview with Variety, revealing that it took him a while to get to know Lloyd and that their friendship didn’t really bloom until the third film in the series. Fox famously joined the production of the first Back to the Future after shooting had already begun. He replaced the original actor cast as Marty McFly, Eric Stoltz, which reportedly worried Lloyd. 

“Chris is a great guy. He’s very enigmatic,” Fox said. “It took me a few films to get to know him. On Back to the Future Part III, we connected in a way we hadn’t on the other films. I came to see how much he loved acting. I never got that before. To sit down and talk about acting and talk about Shakespeare and King Lear…This guy can play King Lear! People don’t expect that of him. He’s full of surprises.”

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