A few months ago, Back to the Future stars Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmet Brown) and Tom Wilson (Biff Tannen) stopped by SYFY WIRE's Live Stage during Emerald City Comic Con for a discussion about the 1985 classic.
The two stars sat with Andre Meadows and Whitney Moore, co-hosts of SYFY WIRE's Snapchat show GEEKLY, where they shared some amazing stories about the film co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The video was filmed with a 180-degree camera for a wider angle, so if you own a VR headset, go ahead and put it on to get the best experience out of the panel.
Topics covered by Lloyd and Wilson included how Back to the Future influenced some fans in their career choices, whether Biff was really a bully or just misunderstood, and what they thought about Back to the Future at the time of filming. They also talked about some of the difficulties they faced — such as Marty McFly being recast after a few weeks of filming (Eric Stoltz was first cast in the role but was replaced by Michael J. Fox).
They were also asked if they had fan experiences that stood out for them and Wilson shared the heartwarming story of a letter he once received from a young man who was brought out of his coma thanks to Back to the Future and the character of Biff. Right. In. The. Feels.
Wilson also talked about how it came about that the last two films of the trilogy were filmed back to back. "Back to the Future Part II was supposed to be a movie called Paradox and the script was this thick because all of the Western stuff was in there," Wilson revealed. "Everything was in there and they just thought 'well, we're gonna have to cut some things in order to make it Back to the Future II but we, I mean, we have the Western thing.' And then the conversation became 'we can't cut out the West, we can't do this' so then Universal said 'we're gonna do Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III consecutively.'"
Lloyd and Wilson also shared with the audience the types of movies that they would sit and watch over and over again, with most of them being old classics. Come check out our exclusive interview for more and let us know what you think.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.