Michael J. Fox Reviews Press’ Treatment of his Wedding
ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ Actor Michael J. Fox has taken his revenge on the tabloid SWAT team that descended on his July 16, 1988, wedding at an inn here.
″Michael J. Fox’s Nuptials in Hell,″ in the June issue of Esquire magazine, is Fox’s first-person, tongue-in-cheek version of how he and his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, kept at bay helicopters, zoom lenses and an army of 40 reporters from The National Enquirer, Star, Globe, People magazine and other publications.
″Even I, who have called a fishbowl home for most of the last six years, was astounded by the lengths to which the tabloids would go in order to satisfy inquiring minds,″ wrote Fox, star of the film ″Back to the Future″ and the television show ″Family Ties.″
The magazine story, due out next week, details the apparent desperation of tabloid journalists, who according to Fox resorted to bribery, lies and more in an unsuccessful effort to get a photo of the wedding couple in full regalia at the West Mountain Inn.
Fox’s publicist, Nanci Ryder, went undercover as a temporary office worker at the National Enquirer’s headquarters in a Manchester luxury hotel, the article said. She reported the tabloid’s strategy to Fox and to a Los Angeles security expert hired to keep the wedding private.
After the wedding party succeeded in avoiding photographers, Fox charged, sore losers among the press took out their frustration by portraying the couple as paranoid, and their wedding as a security circus.
″The reporters couldn’t very well write about their colossal waste of money and effort, so they projected their own fiasco onto the wedding,″ wrote Fox, who shared a byline for the story with brother-in-law Michael Pollan, executive editor of Harper’s magazine.