'Back to the Future' Stars Reunite on Oct. 21, 2015: "It Was a Privilege I Can't Be Grateful Enough For"
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson appeared on NBC's 'Today' on the exact day that Marty McFly traveled to in the second film, where they reminisced about making the film and talked about what it means to them and predictions it got right.
The stars of Back to the Future appeared on NBC's Today on Wednesday morning to celebrate the real Oct. 21, 2015 — the day Marty McFly traveled to from 1985 in the second film in the trilogy
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson spoke with Matt Lauer about their memories of making the film, what it still means to them after all these years and the predictions it got right.
"I like to joke that one of the things that Back to the Future II got right was that Marty McFly would have a receding hairline," Fox laughed as he pushed back his hair. "And that's happened. That's come true."
Lauer pointed out that the script was rejected dozens of times before finding its home at Universal, with Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg on board.
"It was a great script!" said Thompson. "I've always had a weird sense of humor so the idea that I would play a character that was madly in love — madly in heat for her own son — which was why I think the script was rejected, especially by Disney. … I had to kind of sing this creepy version of "Mr. Sandman" to get into that character — to make her innocent and yet horny."
"She was like a DeLorean filled with hormones, this girl," quipped Lauer of Lorraine McFly.
Asked by the host how the film ranked in their the actors' careers, Lloyd simply said: "Monumental."
Added Fox, "It was a privilege I can't be grateful enough for."
Fox, accompanied by a replica of the famous time-traveling DeLorean, also stopped by Live! with Kelly and Michael to talk about the film.
"Does it feel like yesterday?" asked host Kelly Ripa of making the first film.
"It feels like 30 years," Fox said to big laughs. "It feels like a long time. A lot has happened since then. At the time when I made the movie, I was doing Family Ties in the daytime and filming the movie at night. A lot of it was a blur to me. I saw the movie and was like, "Oh, that's what we were doing?!"