After reuniting following a thunderous round of applause for the “Back to the Future” actors at a panel discussion at New York Comic Con, Michael J. Fox, and Christopher Lloyd had a few intense exchanges.
The actors first collaborated on the 1985 blockbuster science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis, a story of time travel that has since earned the reputation as one of the best movies ever made thanks to two sequels, a musical, theme park rides, and other parts of its multi-million dollar franchise.
Fox didn’t initially intend to be in the picture and only got involved after Zemeckis had finished filming with Eric Stoltz. Stoltz wasn’t well-liked by the director, so Fox, who later gained notoriety for playing the lead in Marty McFly.
Christopher Lloyd’s thoughts about the Casting
According to Syfy.com, Lloyd, 83, described the stunning cast switch: “The announcement — at one o’clock in the morning after we were shooting for six weeks — was that the actor playing Marty would no longer be playing Marty, and that tomorrow, we would start shooting with Michael.” “I felt like I had just survived the first six weeks.
On the Parkinson’s diagnosis, Michael J. Fox reflects, saying, “Gratitude makes optimism sustainable.”
He remarked that the connection between the actors “was present from the first scene we did, it was alive, and it remained that way for three movies.” By the way, it hasn’t disappeared.
Working with Lloyd, who is 61, came easy to Fox.
He said, “All I had to do was just react.” “Just let it wash over me while I soak it all in. I considered him to be brilliant. Simply enjoying Chris’ company and letting him be Chris was the whole objective. It was exciting.
In “Back to the Future,” which had a $19 million budget but made nearly $400 million at the box office, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, and Claudia Wells all had roles.
The movie garnered three additional nominations, including the best original song for Huey Lewis and The News “The Power of Love,” and an Academy Award for outstanding sound effects editing.
Zemeckis released two sequels in 1989 and 1990 as well.
After the popularity of the film, both Lloyd and Fox continued acting in movies and television series, although Michael confessed he left the industry in his 2020 book “No Time Like the Future” because of the aggravation of his Parkinson’s disease.
In addition, Fox said, “You folks have given me my entire life.” I’ve never thought of anything nicer than this, the gift of Parkinson’s. What matters, is not what I possess, but what I have been given.
Lloyd delivered a few jokes to the crowd while playing the part of Doc Brown.