It’s been 35 years since the first film was released in 1985.
Josh Gad didn’t need a time-traveling DeLorean to put together the cast of “Back to the Future” for their YouTube series “Reunited Apart”. The meeting was made to raise funds for HOPE project. For the second episode of his show – which started with a “Goonies” meeting last month – Gad was able to get Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson on the line with some of the franchise’s most famous faces on Monday. This July marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the original film. The film spawned two sequels, “Back to the Future Part II” in 1989 and “Back to the Future Part III” in 1990, an animated series and a new musical. Gad said that he had seen the film “no less than 350 times” and first called Lloyd on the phone under the false pretext of talking about “Taxi”. However, the conversation quickly turned into a time travel as they took a journey on the “road to memory”. “The roads, where we go, we don’t need roads! Lloyd exclaimed, before Fox jumped on the line to talk about their lasting friendship over the years and the relationship between their characters, Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Thompson was next to call saying “Miss you guys” as she appeared on the screen. “I had no idea that this film would still have people who wanted to talk about it, it’s so incredible,” she added. Noting that there were very few scenes in which the three of them appeared through the trilogy, Gad asked if they could remember what it was. Lea could, pointing to a garage scene, add that it was “odd” that she and Lloyd had had no scene together, although they had known each other for “years and years.” Gad then turned the questions over to the three stars, Fox starting with asking Thompson which version of Marty’s mother was his favorite. “It is difficult because they were all so big,” she started, “I think young Lorraine. I played it longer and she was completely crazy. It’s a connection between that and the drunk mom. “ Thinking about playing his own daughter in Part II, Fox joked that it was a part of his life he didn’t want to talk about. He then remembered thinking he “looked like Reba McEntire” because Lea said she kept the wig and still has it.
Writer / director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale then joined him, while Zemeckis showed some incredible props from the film – including hover boards and lace-up sneakers. The OG trio were then tasked with recreating a few scenes from the film, as Marty reacted to waking up in the past and having his mother warm to him. Gad even did a line reading himself while playing George McFly, before a Part III star made an appearance. Mary Steenburgen unveiled one of the most dangerous stunts in Part III, before Elisabeth Shue also jumped on the call. “Oh, you look great,” said Fox, appearing on the screen. Also on the call: Huey Lewis, whose “Power of Love” was on the soundtrack and became a huge success. Recalling his early conversations with the filmmakers, Lewis said he was not eager to write a song called “Back to the Future”, but agreed to send them the next song he wrote. “It was the” power of love “. “ Gad then shared the spotlight with the “ultimate” Back to the Future “fan J.J. Abrams, who was delighted to be able to” join in the fun “. He asked them for their thoughts on “Rick and Morty,” which started out as a parody of the series. Fox said he had never seen him before Lloyd launched a crossover between the duo and Marty and Doc. Abrams also asked who knew the original title of the film, Thompson saying that the studio wanted “Spaceman from Pluto”. Gale said the CEO of MCO hated “Back to the Future”, with Zemeckis saying that the CEO thought the movies with “future” in the title never made any money. Steven Spielberg spread the word by sending the CEO a message saying he liked the “humorous” note, treating it like a joke. Gad then asked the group what they would like to see if a fourth film was to be made. “I would like to return in January, where they could warn us about the coronavirus,” said Thompson. Gale joked that they should try to stop them from trying to make another movie. The reunion ended with the stars of “Back to the Future: The Musical” performing “The Power of Love” and a very special appearance by OG Jennifer Parker, Claudia Wells, who cracked that she really wanted to meet Elisabeth Shue, who took over. the role in the second film. After the episode ended, a fan wondered where Thomas F. Wilson – who played Biff – was for the reunion. Gad responded by saying that Wilson “was one of my first calls” and that he “tried and tried” to get him on the show.
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