content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Michael J. Fox Remembers Being “One Fake Yawn and Outstretched Arm” Away From Being on a Date with Princess DianaThe actor sat next to the royal during the world premiere of Back To The Future.
November 19, 2020
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Michael J. Fox had a close brush with the royal family at the 1985 world premiere of his film Back To The Future. A rare encounter that was almost ruined by the actor's bladder.
During an interview on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Fox recalled being dumbstruck to meet Princess Diana and her then-husband Prince Charles at the screening. “She was sitting next to me and she sits down and I looked at her and realized I’m one fake yawn and outstretched arm from being on a date with her,” the actor said. The moment was almost immediately ruined, however, as he realized as soon as the movie began that, “all of a sudden I had to go pee. So then I’m sitting there, I’m dying. I can’t say anything to her and I can’t walk away from her cause I can’t turn my back on her. So what could’ve been the greatest night of my life was a nightmare.”
But luckily, the Princess didn't seem to notice his restlessness and enjoyed the film anyway as Fox remembered her laughing a few times. It's also a good thing the actor didn't put the moves on the royal that night as in the summer of 1985 he met his wife Tracey Pollan when she auditioned for Family Ties. The pair married three years later and have been inseparable ever since.
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