Exactly 36 years ago, one of the most acclaimed and famous film franchises, “Back to the Future” hit theaters around the world and wowed audiences with an original and immersive story full of twists and turns. .
Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson, the story revolves around Marty McFly, a teenager who accidentally travels thirty years into the past through a DeLorean car turned into a winding machine. time by his scientist friend. Doctor Brown. Trapped in the past, Marty unwittingly prevents his parents from getting to know each other and, fighting against time, tries to reunite them so that their future is not lost.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is considered one of the best of all time, having achieved legendary status since its debut and giving two direct sequels, as well as comics, board games, music, books, collectibles and more.
To celebrate the production’s huge legacy, we’ve put together a brief list of ten behind-the-scenes trivia, which you can see below:
TO RESTART ? I DO NOT THINK SO
The rights to the film and the sequels still belong to Zemeckis and producer and screenwriter Bob Gale. In 2015, Zemeckis said that no reboots or remakes of the film would be allowed during their lifetime. And maybe that’s for the best.
Gale and Zemeckis received a nice letter from John DeLorean fans after the film’s release. In the text, DeLorean thanked the two for immortalizing the car.
In 2010, at a casting reunion to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Fox said strangers still called him “McFly!” constantly. The actor said the most memorable moment was when he was in a remote jungle in Butan, a country in Southeast Asia, and a group of Buddhist monks walked past him and commented : “Marty McFly!”
THE HUMILED HAVE BEEN EXALTED
The script for ‘Back to the Future’ was rejected no less than 44 times before finally getting the green light. The result was impressive: The critically acclaimed story received widespread praise for its originality and dynamics, as well as for giving two equally successful sequels and a musical in 2020.
When the film was screened in a test session, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) had not yet completed the DeLorean’s final flight, and the final minutes were shown in black and white. But that didn’t matter because the audience still roared with applause.
Claudia Wells, who played Jennifer Parker in the first installment of the trilogy, had to give up her role in both sequels when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The character was then entrusted to Elisabeth Shue.
Inspiration for the film came from Gale and finding his father’s phone book. He then wondered if he would be friends with his own father as a teenager. Gale also commented that if he had the opportunity to step back in time, he would actually come back and confirm whether they were friends or not.
TO SEEK BACK OR NOT TO SEEK BACK? THAT IS THE QUESTION
Glover, who plays George McFly, said he only saw the film once, shortly after its release. In contrast, Lloyd, who immortalized Doc Brown, said that while the film aired on television, he sat down to see it again.
The parts of the script that referred to then-President Ronald Reagan had to be evaluated by the White House itself, so as not to offend him. Producers worried about Reagan’s reaction to Doc Brown’s famous speech mocking the improbability of him being president in 1985, but Reagan was advised to take everything for granted.
Fox obtained permission from the producer of “Faces and Grimaces”, the series in which he has been playing since 1982, to participate in the film, but on one condition: to undertake to respect the program of the series – which meant that he was meant to be in every episode. . As a result, he did not participate in the Back to the Future promotional tour.
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