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I’m a HUGE Back to the Future trilogy fan and expert. I have watched the movies hundreds of times since I was a kid. Over the years, I’ve learned many interesting and not widely known facts about the making of the movies so I thought I’d share those with you today. If you are a man and have not seen any of the trilogy, what the hell is wrong with you? Hello? Hello? Anyone home? Think, McFly, think!
1. Michael J. Fox was not the original Marty McFly
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That’s right. Eric Stoltz was actually cast as Marty because Michael J. Fox was too busy working on Family Ties and was not available. As the first film was being shot, it became obvious to the directors that Stoltz just didn’t bring the humor and life to the character they were looking for, so they again reached out to see if Fox was available. It was finally agreed that Fox could do Family Ties in the morning and then shoot Back to the Future in the evenings. Needless to say, Fox didn’t get much sleep!
If you look carefully during the scene where the terrorists have just shot Doc and Marty is running to jump in the Delorean, freeze frame right when Marty is mid-flight. You will notice that this is actually Eric Stoltz, not Michael J. Fox. Several scenes already filmed with Stoltz were not filmed again with Fox.
2. Disney refused to produce the movie
Disney, among many other studios, turned down the opportunity to produce Back to the Future . Disney claimed that the suggested infatuation Leah Thompson’s character had with her own son when Marty traveled back to 1955 was too risque at the time so they passed on it. Luckily, the film was eventually made with Universal and the legendary Steven Spielberg.
3. Crispin Glover is not in the 2nd and 3rd films
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I think we all can say Crispin Glover made George McFly’s character unique and come alive. That being said, he demanded pay equal to that of other cast members for the sequels, which didn’t happen, so he did not appear in the last 2 films. If you notice in part 2, at the beginning of the movie, there is recycled footage from the 1985 George and Lorraine. Other than that scene, another actor is made to look like Crispin Glover. Glover didn’t like this at all, and successfully sued for his likeness being used without his permission!
4. The Delorean was not the original time machine
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Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale didn’t originally come up with the idea for a Delorean time machine. One of their first ideas was actually a refrigerator. However, they were concerned that young children would attempt to climb inside their refrigerators at home and get stuck. Besides, a car is more mobile and stylish time machine idea, and is now a legend of its own.
5. Biff Tannen is based off of a real studio executive
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I’ve always heard that Biff Tannen was modeled off of Donald Trump, which the two Bobs never really confirmed, but actually Biff’s character was based off of a bullying studio executive named Ned Tannen. What better way to get back at your bully than base the bully in the movie after him?
6. Take a closer look at all of Doc Brown’s clocks in the opening sequence of part one.
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If you look closely at all of those crazy clocks in Doc Brown’s lab at the beginning, you’ll see one clock with a man hanging on one of the clock’s hands. This foreshadows the end of the movie where Doc Brown has to hang from the clock’s hands in order to reconnect the cable that was to channel the lightening into the flux capacitor.
7. The name of the mall changes once Marty returns to 1985 from 1955
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The name of the mall where Marty meets Doc and Einstein to witness the time machine’s first piece of action was called “Twin Pines Mall.” Doc explains that he remembers when the mall wasn’t there and it was all open farmland as far as the eye could see. When Marty accidentally goes back into 1955 right after Doc is shot, he crashes into Peabody’s barn. When he is chased out of the barn and drives off, he runs over one of Peabody’s pine trees. Near the end of the movie, when Marty arrives back at the mall to try to stop Doc from getting shot by the terrorists, you can see the sign has a new name – “Lone Pine Mall” because of Marty’s actions in the past.
The name of the farmer, Old Man Peabody, and his son, Sherman, was a nod to time traveling duo Mr. Peabody and Sherman!
8. You’re Just Too Darn Loud!
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Remember the scene at the beginning of the movie when Marty’s band auditions in the gym? The judge that cuts the band off because they were “just too darn loud” was none other than Huey Lewis. The song that Marty’s band was playing was “The Power of Love,” which was the song Huey wrote especially for the movie.
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