Terry Fox film was personal for Steve Nash
Making a film about Terry Fox’s doomed effort to cross Canada to raise money and awareness of cancer was a very personal mission by Canadian National Basketball Association star Steve Nash.
“I was 6 years old in 1980 and I woke up everyday that summer and turned on the TV to see where Terry was, see what part of our country he was in. I was mesmerized by it,” said Nash, co-director of Into the Wind, a documentary about Fox’s Marathon of Hope campaign, which ended in Thunder Bay, followed by his death just before Christmas 30 years ago.
“As a six-year-old, I felt like he (Fox) was my big brother. I felt like I knew him. And looking back on it as an adult, it’s fascinating because he was just normal guy. He just had an extraordinary heart and a way about him. . .that is quintessentially Canadian,” Nash said.
“He (Fox) really did
think of himself as just a regular guy,” added Ezra Holland, Nash’s cousin and
The film, produced by ESPN Films, premiered Sunday afternoon at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Day 4 of TIFF, drew a standing ovation.
Nash said Fox’s personal journals were the “most fascinating part” of trying to discover the young man behind the legend.
“I can really relate to Terry. To me, he’s an athlete full stop. He woke up everyday with a passion and went out and fought for it everyday. And to read his journals, he had that self-talk of an athlete, the doubt, the fear and insecurity. ‘Will I let people down, will I make it, can I keep going?’ Those are the things that I think athletes go through everyday,” Nash said.