“Back to the Future” Turns 36: Ben Stiller as Marty McFly and 10 Secrets About the Iconic Saga Every Fan Should Know

According to the criteria of

Know more

A July 3, 1985 “Back to the Future”Premiered in more than 1,200 theaters in the United States. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox Y Christopher Lloyd, this film whose original script was rejected at first by Hollywood studios, quickly became one of the favorites of the time and a benchmark in terms of time travel stories.

In United States. “Back to the future”, The original name of the film, grossed US $ 210, 609,762 and US $ 381,109,762 worldwide, and was therefore the highest grossing film of 1985.

After the success, two sequels would follow, “Back to the future 2” Y “Back to the future 3″, Released in 1989 and 1990, respectively.

SEE ALSO: “Back to the Future”: Eric Stoltz, the original protagonist whose dismissal made the entire cast happy

Trailer for "Back To The Future". (Source: Diffusion)
Trailer for “Back to the Future”, released in 1985 and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

Thirty six years after the premiere of the first film in the saga, curiosities, secrets and news about it are always welcome because “Back to futureIt’s one of those old movies that you can watch over and over again.

“We will not do a reboot of ´Back to the Future´ while I can comment. Same as ET: we will never touch them. I love to see them. For me it is scandalous. Especially when it’s a good movie. It’s like saying: let’s do a remake of ‘Citizen Kane’. Who is going to play Kane? What nonsense, what madness is that? ”, Said Robert Zemeckis on more than one occasion when asked about the possibility of a reboot of the film.

As if to make it clear that “´Back to the Future”Will survive as one of the most iconic popular culture sci-fi films of all time.

As a tribute, we celebrate the saga with 10 curiosities that every fan of the film should know yes or yes.

SEE ALSO: “Back to the Future”: the story of Tom Wilson and his love-hate relationship with Biff, the villain who made him famous

1. Eric Stoltz wasn’t the first actor to play Marty McFly

As we have in this note, Eric Stoltz was the original actor of the saga. The actor even shot most of the scenes, but the serious tone he was giving the character ended up convincing Universal to fire him and hire Michael J. Fox in his place.

Although Stotlz was the first Marty McFly to shoot, he was not the only actor to put himself in the shoes of the popular teenager. Before him, actors like Ben Stiller, Billy Zane, John Cusack y Charlie Sheen y Jon Cryer they were part of a casting to try to get the role.

Eric Stoltz interpretando a Marty McFly en "Back to the future 1".
Eric Stoltz playing Marty McFly in “Back to the Future 1”.

In October 2020, He shared through his social networks, Ben Stiller’s audition for Marty McFly, following the 35 years of the film.

“Lorraine, lately I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t know nothing about my parents ”, a teenager Stiller responds in the aforementioned test that you can see below.

1625387791 583 Back to the Future Turns 36 Ben Stiller as Marty

2. Without the DeLorean and other initial script changes

In early 2020, Jon Cryer (Two and Half Men) revealed when she auditioned for the role of Marty McFly the original script of the film was very different from the one that was finally embodied in the film.

Thus, for example, he said that “The ending sequence did not involve a clock tower or lightning bolt, but instead finds Marty sneaking into an atomic bomb test site with his time machine to get close to the nuclear fission he needs to so it works. In a creepy scene … ”.

“The time machine was not a DeLorean (…),” added Cryer. “It was a machine that needed nuclear fission and a secret ingredient that happened to be Coca-Cola (…) In the end Marty goes to a nuclear test site to get the nuclear fission that the machine needs to function (… ) When he goes to pour the Coca-Cola, he drops it and panics. He finds one in a refrigerator and then panics again because he must survive a nuclear explosion (…) He gets into the fridge, closes the door, the bomb is activated and the machine does too and simultaneously sends him back to the future ”.

Michael J. Fox, the officer Marty McFly, in a scene from "Back to the Future". Photo: Universal Studios
Michael J. Fox, the official Marty McFly, in a scene from “Back to the Future.” Photo: Universal Studios

3. The film that is hardly made

Bob Gale, creator of “Back to the Future”He wrote the script for the film inspired by his father’s high school yearbook. When he found it, he wondered what would have happened if he could have traveled to his parents’ student time.

When Gale had the script in good shape, he finished writing it with Robert Zemeckis, the future director of the film. Excited at what they had in hand, they offered the idea to various studios but were rejected up to 40 times.

The excuses argued that the film “was not daring and obscene enough” as were other teen movies of the time or otherwise, they said that “it would be frowned upon to see a mother fall in love with her own child.”

Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Zemeckis y Michael J Fox en el set de "Back To The Future 2".
Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Zemeckis y Michael J Fox en el set de “Back To The Future 2”.

4. Johnny Depp and an audition “for oblivion”

Candidates for the role of Marty McFly They were several and with the passage of time we discovered the identities of several of them. To the list mentioned above, we must add the audition of Johnny Depp. The actor, in his twenties at the time, joined the casting of the film but it seems that he did not do very well as Bob Gale no longer remembered him.

In 2010, regarding the launch of “Back to the Future: The 25th Anniversary Trilogy”, Bob Gale told : “I went through the notes and said, ‘Wow, I don’t even remember we read Johnny Depp! So whatever he did, I guess it wasn’t that memorable! “

Johnny Depp was another of the many candidates to apply for the role of MartyMcFly.
Johnny Depp was another of the many candidates to apply for the role of MartyMcFly.

5. “No bad milk to Eric Stoltz”

In that same interview with , Gale talked about the revealed photos and video of Eric Stoltz in the bonus track of the Blu-Ray edition of the tape, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

“It was Laurent Bouzereau who directed and produced the documentaries, and he annoyed us for putting that (Stoltz ‘) footage on,” Gale said. “So if you like watching him, he’s the guy to give credit and thanks to.”

“Look, we have no ill will with Eric,” Gale continued. “We don’t want to make him look bad. We don’t think this makes you look bad. We believe that it does not. We thought, ‘We’re going to pedal smoothly and not put a lot of that in there,’ because, you know, the story is about how the movie was made, not about him. Maybe in the 35th or 45th anniversary edition, we will put in the real scenes. We never destroyed that footage. We recognized at the time that it had historical significance, which is why the footage exists. But Eric is a working actor. We don’t want you to have to answer questions about it … not unless you walk over and say, ‘Hey, I wanted to talk about it!’ “Added the screenwriter.

1624393912 689 Eric Stoltz the original protagonist of Back to the Future

6. A refrigerator to travel back in time? A bad idea

Originally, the time machine was a laser device. Later, this device was replaced by a common domestic refrigerator that worked with nuclear energy, but this idea was finally discarded as it would have been a serious danger for the children of that time, who would surely have gone en masse to hijack their refrigerators.

In an exclusive interview to the portal in October 2020, Bob Gale talked about this process of turning a refrigerator into the classic DeLorean.

“In the first two drafts of the script, the time machine was actually a time camera built from an old refrigerator that Doc Brown had to drag in the back of a truck,” says the co-writer and producer. When we finally got to pre-production on the movie, director Bob Zemeckis was starting to think about how he was going to shoot some of these scenes, and he came up with the brilliant idea that it would make a lot more sense for Doc Brown to build the time machine. in a car. “

1625387791 14 Back to the Future Turns 36 Ben Stiller as Marty
Michael J. Fox en "Back to the future 2".
Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future 2”.

7. A “different” girlfriend for Marty

In the first movie of “Back to the Future”, the actress Claudia Wells played the role of Jennifer, the girlfriend of Marty McFly. However in the remaining two sequels, this was replaced by Elizabeth Shue, then popular for 1984’s “Karate Kid”.

The reason Wells couldn’t continue playing Jennifer was her mother’s cancer diagnosed at the time.

Jennifer is the girlfriend of Marty McFly, a character who was played by Claudia Wells. At the end of the film it is established that there will be a second part. However, the role of Jennifer was later taken over by Elizabeth Shue, famous for being the Ali from “The Karate Kid” of 1984.

Claudia Wells had to leave her role after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. As compensation, the actress returned to play Jennifer in 2011, lending her voice to video games inspired by “Back to the Future.”

Claudia Wells y Michael J. Fox en "Back to the future 1".
Claudia Wells and Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future 1”.
1625387792 45 Back to the Future Turns 36 Ben Stiller as Marty

8. Kyra Sedgwick could also have been Jennifer

Kyra Sedgwick, Winner of a Golden Globe and wife of Kevin Bacon since 1988, she auditioned for the role of Jennifer, McFly’s girlfriend but lost the opportunity to Claudia Wells.

In 2020, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the franchise, Universal launched “Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy”, which includes Sedgwick’s audition.

Kyra Sedgwick auditioning for Jennifer, Marty McFly's girlfriend.
Kyra Sedgwick auditioning for Jennifer, Marty McFly’s girlfriend.

9. A video of outtakes is always good for a laugh

In 2010. on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of “Back to the Future”, The film’s producers released a video of the saga’s outtakes in the Bluray version.

1625387792 406 Back to the Future Turns 36 Ben Stiller as Marty

10. A misleading “to continue”

The final scene of “Back to the Future”Shows us a huge“ To be continued ”. However, when the first movie was shot it was made without thinking of a sequel. This strategy was nothing more than a joke by Zemeckis and Gale. With the film released and given the success it had, Universal did not hesitate to ask for a second and third part.

1625387792 286 Back to the Future Turns 36 Ben Stiller as Marty
The trilogy of “Back to the Future”Is currently available at Netflix.