Back to the Future: Christopher Lloyd on his ‘natural chemistry’ with Michael J Fox

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Back to the Future: Christopher Lloyd on his ‘natural chemistry’ with Michael J Fox
It was over 35 years years ago when one of the best-loved movies of all time first hit cinemas. But during Back to the Future’s shoot, director Robert Zemeckis realised that Marty McFly star Eric Stoltz wasn’t right for the part. So despite having shot multiple scenes, Family Ties star Michael J Fox was hired to replace him and had to film both the sitcom and the time travel movie.
Nevertheless, Fox’s hard work paid off as he proved he had the perfect “manic” energy needed to play Marty.

As a result, he and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown worked incredibly well together in the popular movie that spawned two sequels and on-going franchise that has a musical opening in London this year.

Even the popular cartoon Rick and Morty’s leads were inspired by the Back to the Future pair.

Now Lloyd, who was just 47-years-old when he played the elderly mad scientist, has spoken of his great on-screen chemistry with Fox.

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Thinking back to shooting Back to the Future, Lloyd said: “From the first time we met, and we shot together, the relationship has always been there.

“And I know that if we were set to do something else again together, it would still be there. We just have a natural chemistry.”

Would that something else be a Back to the Future Part IV? Well, despite the 82-year-old saying on a number of occasions that he’d love to reprise Doc in a fourth movie, the franchise’s creators have said they won’t let it happen.

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Speaking with Express.co.uk last year, screenwriter and producer Bob Gale said: “The bottom line is, doing Back to the Future without Michael J Fox is just not something that we want to see; I don’t think anybody wants to see.”

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Gale added: “To create a future version of Marty McFly where he has Parkinson’s disease…that really doesn’t sit right. We’ve all seen sequels where they did one too many, or two or three too many.

“We just said, ‘Y’know what, these movies are great the way they are, let’s just leave them alone.’

“Because the conversation then always becomes, ‘Why did they make another one?!’”

Despite a Back to the Future 4 being very unlikely, both Lloyd and Fox have reunited for acting one-offs over the years.

In 1999, Lloyd appeared in an episode of Fox’s sitcom Spin City as his mentor. The episode was even called Back to the Future IV – Judgment Day.

While in 2015, the Doc and Marty stars reprised their roles on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The skit took place on the day that their characters arrive in the future in Back to the Future Part II.

To think it’s been six years and we still don’t have proper hoverboards?


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