“Back to the future”: when Ben Stiller auditioned to be Marty McFly and other secrets of the film

A July 3, 1985 “Return to the future” opened in more than 1,200 theaters in the United States. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J Fox Y Christopher Lloydthis film whose original script was initially rejected 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 a total of 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” and “Back to the future 3”, released in 1989 and 1990, respectively.

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 future” is one of those old movies that can be watched over and over again.

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

As if to make it clear that “´Return to the future” will survive as one of the most iconic science fiction films in popular culture of all time.

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

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

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He shared through his social networks, Ben Stiller’s audition for Marty McFly, as a result of the 35 years of the film.

“Lorraine, lately I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t know any about my parents,” replies a teenage Stiller in the aforementioned test that you can see below.

2. Without him DeLorean and other changes from the initial script

At the beginning of 2020, Jon Cryer (Two and Half Men) revealed when he auditioned for the role of Marty McFly the original script for the film was very different from the one that eventually made it into the film.

Thus, for example, he said that “The ending sequence didn’t involve a clock tower or lightning, 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…,” Cryer added. “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 work (… ) When he is going to pour the Coca-Cola he drops it and he panics. He finds one in a fridge and then he panics again because he has to survive a nuclear explosion (…) He gets into the fridge, closes the door, the bomb goes off and the machine goes off and simultaneously sends him back to the future “.

Michael J. Fox, the official Marty McFly, in a scene from "Return 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 Movie That Almost Didn’t Get Made

Bob Gale, creator of “Return to the future”, he wrote the script for the film inspired by a high school yearbook of his father. When she found him he wondered what would have happened if he could have traveled to his parents’ student time.

When Gale already had the script in good shape, he finished writing it with Robert Zemeckis, the future director of the film. Excited about what they had in hand, they pitched the idea to various studios but were turned down as many as 40 times.

The excuses argued that the film “wasn’t raunchy and raunchy enough” like other teen movies of the time, or else that “it would be frowned upon to see a mother fall in love with her own child.”

Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Zemeckis and Michael J Fox on the set of "Back To The Future 2".
Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Zemeckis and Michael J Fox on the set of “Back To The Future 2.”

4. Johnny Depp and an audition “forgotten”

Candidates for the role of Marty McFly there were several and over 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 because Bob Gale did not even remember him.

In 2010, regarding the launch of “Back to the Future: The 25th Anniversary Trilogy”, Bob Gale told : “I went through the notes and was like, ‘Gee, 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 spoke 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 pissed us off for putting that (Stoltz’s) footage up,” Gale said. “So if you like to watch 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 it look bad. We believe that he does not. We thought, ‘Let’s pedal lightly and not put too much of it 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’ll put the real scenes. We never destroyed that footage. We recognized at the time that it had historical significance, so the footage exists. But Eric is a working actor. We don’t want him to have to answer questions about it…not unless he walks up and says, ‘Hey, I wanted to talk about that!’ “added the screenwriter.

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 finally this idea was 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 with the portal in October 2020, Bob Gale He talked about this process of turning a refrigerator into a classic DeLorean.

“In the first two drafts of the script, the time machine was actually a time vault built out of an old refrigerator that Doc Brown had to haul around in the back of a pickup 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 had the bright idea that it would make a lot more sense for Doc Brown to build the time machine. in a car.”

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Michael J. Fox in "back to the future 2".
Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future 2.”

7. A “different” girlfriend for Marty

In the first movie “Return 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 shuepopular then for 1984’s “Karate Kid.”

The reason Wells was unable to 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, Jennifer’s role was later taken over by Elizabeth Shue, famous as Ali from 1984’s “Karate Kid.”

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

Claudia Wells and Michael J. Fox in "back to the future 1".
Claudia Wells and Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future 1.”
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8. Kyra Sedgwick could have been Jennifer too.

Kyra Sedgwick, Golden Globe winner 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 franchise’s 35th anniversary, Universal released “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 “Return to the future”, the producers of the tape released a video of the false shots of the saga in the Bluray version.

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10. A misleading “to be continued”

The final scene of “Return to the future” shows us a huge “To be continued”. However, when the first film was shot, it was done without thinking of a sequel. This strategy was nothing more than a joke by Zemeckis and Gale. Once the film was released and given its success, Universal did not hesitate to ask for a second and third part.

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“Back to the future”: when Ben Stiller auditioned to be Marty McFly and other secrets of the film