Michael J. Fox talks about his meeting with Princess Diana in 1985. Unfortunately, the “Back to the Future” star didn’t do very well.
It could have been his big chance, but Michael J. Fox, 59, screwed up the opportunity to make a particularly good impression on Princess Diana, † 36. After the two of them met, she probably remembered him as a silent seatmate who nervously huddled around in his chair.
Michael J. Fox: Overstrained with Princess Diana
It was 1985 that Michael J. Fox made his big breakthrough with “Back to the Future”. Diana had been part of the British royal family for several years through her marriage to Prince Charles, 72, was recently a mother of two and was slowly becoming the world-famous media star she would be in the later 1980s and 90s.
When she attended the London world premiere of “Back to the Future”, she was of course placed next to the main actor as the absolute star of the evening. Others would be happy to get so close to Princess Diana, but Michael J. Fox was too nervous and simply overwhelmed with this situation, as he said on the US talk show “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”.
“She was sitting next to me. The lights go out and the movie starts and I realize I’m giving a fake yawn and stretching my arm out like we’re on a date, which is weird. I’m sitting there for the rest of the movie and die. I can’t say anything to her and I can’t walk away from her because I can’t turn my back on her. It was sheer agony, it could have been the greatest night of my life, but it was just a nightmare Nightmare to ‘hold piss’. “
Royal etiquette instead of casual chat
Michael J. Fox is alluding to the royal etiquette of not being allowed to turn your back on members of the royal family, not to simply speak to them, let alone touch them.
But Lady Di has always been a princess you can touch and would certainly have welcomed it if Michael J. Fox had acted a little more relaxed. At least she shouldn’t have really noticed his little problems in the cinema, but even laughed a few times during the film.
Sources used: eonline.com