It’s been more than two decades since the release of the first Back to the Future in 1985. The movie is a cult favorite that cemented Michael J. Fox in our brains, but did you know that he wasn’t the producer’s first choice? At the time, the red haired stud Eric Stoltz was chosen to play the lead role of Marty McFly, but something about him wasn’t right. Something was off. Take a look…
Stoltz shot for 5 weeks on Back to the Future, and according to the director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg he was a great and professional actor. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best comedic timing. They felt that they were missing laughs. After talking it over, they decided to go in another direction with an actor who knows a thing or two about getting laughs, Michael J. Fox.
At the time, Fox was the star of the popular sitcom “Family Ties,” and he was brought in for the part and got it. If you feel bad for Stoltz you shouldn’t, you can watch him today on the SyFy network on the series “Caprica.”
This behind the scenes footage and more will be available on the Back to the Future Trilogy blu-ray that will be released on October 26th.
What do you think of Stoltz version of McFly? Do you agree with their decision to use Fox?