The Kid Stays Out of the Picture

Michael J. Fox in the 1988 movie Bright Lights, Big City

In 1987, I handed Michael J. Fox a pack of cigarettes that he dropped on the set of the movie Bright Lights, Big City.

I had no aspirations of becoming a movie star. I was writing screenplays and wanted to see an actual film being produced. When my aspiring actor friend Don mentioned a “cattle call” for extras, I got busy.



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Jeffrey Cohen

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