Co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the Back to the Future movie franchise follows high-school student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he travels through time via a DeLorean time machine, usually accompanied by everyone's favorite eccentric scientist, Dr. Emmet Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.
Lloyd was on hand during Day Four of Emerald City Comic Con where the actor stopped by SYFY WIRE's Live Stage alongside Tom Wilson, who played the role of bully Biff Tannen (and his various ancestors and offspring) in all three Back to the Future films. Lloyd and Wilson opened up to Andre Meadows, co-host of SYFY WIRE's Snapchat show GEEKLY, on several topics, including how they felt about the influence of the movies to this day, whether Biff was really mean or just misunderstood, and movie secrets.
"It's pretty amazing after so many years," Lloyd said about the excitement fans still feel about the trilogy. "In 1985 Back to the Future I opened up, and it's like the opening never quit. It just keeps playing. And I guess what's particularly gratifying is how many people have come up and said that Back to the Future changed their lives, or they chose certain careers because of the influence of the movies."
Wilson then added that while Doc Brown influenced many people to go into science, architecture, and physics (as well as engineering and medicine), "Biff has inspired many Mafia thugs, many pro-hockey players who are basically enforcers." Which then led to a hilarious discussion about whether or not Biff was really a bad guy.
The two actors also revealed what they thought of Back to the Future at the time of filming, with Lloyd admitting that he wasn't that confident but was hoping for the film to have a good opening. Wilson spoke about the difficulties they faced early on as the star of the movie had to be recast (Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty but was replaced after a few weeks of shooting) and filming went on longer than anticipated. Then he explained that a friend of his who was part of a walla group had seen the movie piece by piece (before anyone else) and had called him to say how good it was.
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Additional material by Nathalie Caron.