Michael J. Fox has a slew of memorable characters to his name. Scott Howard in “Teen Wolf.” Jamie Conway in “Bright Lights, Big City.” Alex P. Keaton in “Family Ties.” But the character Fox’s fans most often associate him with is Marty McFly, the young hero of the “Back to the Future” franchise.
Most movie fans are familiar with Marty’s trip back to 1955, when he must make sure his teenage parents meet or else he won’t exist. But Fox wasn’t always the one behind the wheel of Doc Brown’s DeLorean. Director Robert Zemeckis originally cast Eric Stoltz (“Mask,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Pulp Fiction”), and footage of the actor as Marty has surfaced in a behind-the-scenes featurette on the “Back to the Future” 25th Anniversary Trilogy DVD out Oct. 26.
Zemeckis filmed with Stoltz in the lead role for five weeks before deciding he wasn’t the right fit for Marty. In the clip from the DVD, Zemeckis says Stoltz’s “comic sensibilities” just didn’t mesh with his vision for the film, so in what he called a “horrific decision,” he let Stoltz go. The studio allowed him to reshoot all the previously filmed material with Fox.
Check out the footage of Stoltz below. What do you think? Could you see him as Marty? And what other classic movies would you like to learn more about in DVD bonus features? Sound off in the comments section.
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