Selma Blair is fighting for her life and she's putting it all on film. The actress, who has been battling multiple sclerosis, revealed in the first trailer of her new documentary, Introducing, Selma Blair, that, "We're shooting the final days of my life."
The heartbreaking trailer features the Cruel Intentions actress admitting that she was told to "make plans for dying."
The painful yet remarkably honest documentary delves deep into the effects of the disease and the impact it's had on Blair both emotionally and physically.
The attacks on her central nervous system have left Blair unable to breath at times, and unable to even explain that she can't get air.
Blair also shares her concern for her 10-year-old son Arthur, and how he's been impacted by his mother's rapid physical decline. In one scene Blair is shown violently convulsing in a bed. She tearfully explains, "I had a complication, suddenly it was like the most horrible pain in my heart."
The documentary was a way for Blair to take control of her own story, rather than be susceptible to tabloid speculation as to why she was limping, or rumors that she might be drunk. The compelling footage follows her story from deciding to undergo stem cell transplants to the devastating effects of chemo therapy.
During one moment in the film, the Legally Blonde star even finds the courage to joke about her hair loss, and in another, she picks up a toy phone and says, "I'm so sorry I can't talk right now. We're shooting the final days of my life."
Introducing, Selma Blair is directed by Rachel Fleit who is also suffering from an auto-immune disorder. She says of Blair's courage in Vanity Fair, "She said to me she could not control her body, which was extremely frightening."
"But she finds a way to embrace herself and embrace her life. My objective was to show a different way of being in the world, but also to show a woman who fully embraces herself." The director continued. "That, to me, is the most inspiring thing –– because it kind of just feels like that's all we've got. We're born into this body, and this is the one we have. What are we gong to do?"
The powerful trailer ends with Blair lying spread out on the floor and somehow finding the humor to say into the camera, "I'm trying to look dead for a dramatic ending."
Meanwhile, yet another Hollywood icon, Christina Applegate has revealed that she to as been diagnosed with MS.
The Dead to Me actress shared her medical diagnosis with her 1.4 million Twitter followers writing, "Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It's been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It's been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a****** blocks it."
Introducing, Selma Blair is due to be released in theaters on October 15, before it streams on Discovery+ on October 21.