‘Good Wife’ Preview: Inside Michael J. Fox’s ‘Brilliant’ Performance

by | November 8, 2010 at 10:28 AM | The Good Wife, TV News

Michael J. Fox and Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife' (CBS)

Michael J. Fox and Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife' (CBS)

This Tuesday, CBS’ already-great ‘The Good Wife‘ promises to be even better, thanks to a guest-starring turn by five-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox (‘Family Ties’).

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Adding resonance to Fox’s appearance is the fact that, by design, he is playing a lawyer who suffers from a neurological affliction not much unlike the Parkinson’s disease that Fox lives with in real life.

“He was excited by the idea of doing that,” ‘Good Wife’ star Josh Charles (who plays Will) tells Fancast. “And he is so great in it.”

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“He gives an absolutely marvelous performance,” echoes Christine Baranski, whose Diane mixes it up in the courtroom with Fox’s cunning Louis Canning – an opposing counsel who makes no bones about using his obvious tics and trembling limbs to elicit sympathy from the jury. “And the writing is brilliant – it’s howlingly funny, it’s discomforting…. His character is a marvelously written and performed characterization. They really make use of who Michael is as a person and as an actor. It’s really quite brilliant.”

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Press PLAY below to be taken behind-the-scenes of Fox’s ‘Good Wife’ gig and hear from the Emmy winner himself on how none of his character’s physical tics were faked:


Will you make a special point of tuning into ‘The Good Wife’ this week to see Fox’s “great,” “marvelous” and “brilliant” work?