This month marks the 25th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ classic film, Back to the Future.
Much of the movie’s success can be attributed to the way it expertly straddled the genres of science fiction and comedy, while somehow managing to simultaneously operate as a true coming-of-age tale. In a way, it’s a movie that has it all: romance, high-speed chases, a perfectly despicable bad guy and, of course, a plutonium-fueled Delorean that travels through time!
But Back to the Future probably wouldn’t have any of its … ahem … timelessness if it weren’t for its cast of iconic characters. As the crazy-eyed Doc Brown, Christopher Lloyd remolds the essence of “mad scientist” into something remarkably lovable. Crispin Glover’s woefully emasculated George is impossible not to root for as he stumbles toward self-actualization with a little help from his perplexed son from the future. But the center of the piece is undoubtedly Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox. Fox brings a perfect mix of bravery, empathy and teen angst to the role that made him into a movie star.
But it turns out that Fox wasn’t Zemeckis’ first choice. In fact, the director shot five weeks with Eric “Get the shot!” Stoltz before changing gears and recasting the role with Fox. For the release of the 25th anniversary DVD, the producers included some of that never-seen-before footage: