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Ryan Reynolds praises 'incredible' Michael J. Fox

November 12th, 2013 10:20am EST

Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds has paid tribute to "incredible" Michael J. Fox.

The 'Green Lantern' actor struck up a friendship with the 'Back to the Future' star - who suffers from Parkinson's disease - five years ago when he ran the New York marathon in aid of Michael's charitable foundation, and says his pal is "unsinkable".

He said: "He's incredible in everything that he does, from the foundation to his work to his work ethic.

"There's a reason why everyone likes this guy so much - he's just unsinkable."

Both Ryan and Michael were brought up in Vancouver, Canada, and the 'Croods' star says it has given them a "shared connection".

He said: "I've gotten to know his family over the years and they're just amazing. They're just an incredible lot of people."

"We have that connection - we're all from the same part of the world,"

The 37-year-old star's father also suffers from Parkinson's disease - which causes degeneration of the nervous system, often causing involuntary tremors and muscle spasms - and the actor is grateful for the help he receives from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

He told People: "My dad's hanging in there. Like so many people who are afflicted with this disease, they have an incredible resource in this foundation ... They also have a reason for hope."

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