'Back to the Future' Day Arrives; Stars Share Their Time-Traveling Movie Tales

Back to the Future 2 Still - H 2015
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Back to the Future 2 Still - H 2015

Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson give fantastic insight into the blockbuster series.

Today is the day, and that's heavy, Doc. 

Oct. 21, 2015 has arrived, and while it may not be exactly like it was conceived for Back to the Future: Part II, it's not too far off, either. 

In the days leading up to Back to the Future Day, numerous stars from the franchise — and the writer who imagined 2015 in 1989 — talked to The Hollywood Reporter, sharing new tales about their characters, the films and the arrival of the future arriving. 

Christopher Lloyd:

Lloyd portrayed Dr. Emmet Brown in the blockbuster trilogy and told THR he has one more film in him if all the stars were to align. "I would love to do Doc again, no question," Lloyd said. "It's tough to come up with an idea that contains the excitement of the original three," Lloyd said. "So it would be a real challenge for the writers to come up with an original Back to the Future story that has the same passion and intensity and excitement as the other three. But it could be done, you never know," he added with a chuckle. Should the Chicago Cubs fulfill their Back to the Future destiny and make the World Series, Lloyd said he would be down to take part in the festivities. "I didn't even remember about the Cubs until someone brought it up a few days ago," Lloyd said. If Chicago makes it to the World Series, Lloyd said it would fun to throw out the first pitch. "Maybe it'll happen. We'll see," he said. "They got to get there first."

To read the entire piece on Lloyd, click here

Lea Thompson:

Playing the role of Lorraine Baines-McFly, Marty's mother, is by far the Thompson's favorite role, she told THR. The mother-son sexual undertones of the original were hilarious, she said. "I appreciated the sort of odd, off-kilter subversive nature of the craziness of your mom falling in love with you, and if you don't get your mom and dad to kiss and have sex, you'll never be born," said Thompson. "The idea that mom and dad have to get it on, I think we can all kind of get that. So it appealed to my sense of humor." One of her most vivid memories from making the film involved co-star and onscreen love interest Crispin Glover, who was not pleased with how the first movie ended. In order to prepare for the scene, Glover invited Thompson over to his all-black-everything apartment, where they pained a volcano, she said.

To read the entire piece on Thompson, click here.

Thomas Wilson:

There is a reason Biff was portrayed as the perfect bully: Wilson was tormented by them growing up, he told THR. "A thin and sickly kid, I was pushed around and beaten up by bullies throughout my childhood, until I grew bigger than everybody, and it stopped," Wilson said. "I knew very well how they operate, and specifically the joy they take in scaring people. I’d stared them in the face so often that it wasn’t particularly challenging to do an impression." An actor, musician, artist and stand-up comic, Wilson says he is more than just Biff, and that is the main reason he does not appear at franchise functions. "Underneath the tsunami of pop iconography is a performance of a difficult role that I worked very hard on, and I’m very proud of," he said. He is glad the movies have brought to much happiness to so many, but he got so sick of being asked the same questions so many times through the years, he finally wrote a song for his stand-act addressing all of them called "Biff's Question Song." 

To read the entire piece on Wilson, click here

Bob Gale (screenwriter):

The writer who dreamt up 2015 during the '80s is pretty impressed with how close his vision came to reality, but this is not to say he saw everything coming. For instance, the smartphone is mind-blowing, Gale said. "It's the Swiss Army Knife of today," he said. "The fact that everyone can have one device that's a computer, that's a camera, that's a recording device, that's a calculator, that's a flashlight ... we didn't think of that." Gale is happy his art has inspired reality in numerous instances, but he said he is shocked that some inventions that were gags then actually exist now. "The fact that we have drones that can take news pictures — now that was just a joke," he said. "We weren't seriously thinking about how that technology would work, but wow," said Gale. "They don't walk our dogs yet, but that'll happen." There was one aspect of the future that Gale purposely avoided: the music. "That was a very deliberate choice," said Gale. "That was one we knew we would get wrong and that when people would watch the movie much later on, it would make everyone groan."

To read the entire Gale piece, click here