10 facts you don't know about Back to the Future

Find out some secrets you may not have known in this famous trilogy. I learned these facts from watching many Back to the Future documentaries.

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    The time machine DeLorean was originally going to be a refrigerator.

    Robert Zemeckis (The director of the trilogy) wanted to use a refrigerator as the time machine. But he later changed his mind because he thought it might encourage kids to go in their refrigerators and lock themselves up. So they decided to use a car instead.

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    Michael J. Fox was doing Family Ties and Back to the Future at the same time.

    In a documentary with Michael J. Fox answering FAQs, he told everyone he was exhausted doing Family Ties and Back to the Future at the same time, and only got about 3 hours of sleep.

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    In Back to the Future parts 2 and 3, a different actress is playing as Jennifer Parker.

    On the left is actress Claudia Wells, who plays as Jennifer Parker in part 1, but after her mother is diagnosed with cancer, she decides to take a break with acting. She is replaced by Elisabeth Shue, who plays Jennifer in parts 2 and 3.

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    Michael J. Fox plays as Marty, Marty McFly Jr., Marlene McFly in part 2, and as Seamus McFly in part 3.

    Although it is pretty obvious that Micheal J. Fox is playing as them, some people just may not notice. Bob Gale (Writer of Back to the Future) stated that this was very advanced technology for the 80s. In the documentary "Tales from the Future," It is explained how they put everything together with Michael acting as a different person at the same time.

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    Eric Stoltz was supposed to be Marty McFly.

    Although Michael J. Fox was the director's first pick for Marty, Michael J. Fox said Gary Goldberg (The creator of Family Ties) would not let Michael do Family Ties and Back to the Future at the same time. So he was replaced by Eric Stoltz. Unfortunately, Bob Gale decided Eric Stoltz was not good for the part, and Stoltz agreed, so they let him go. Goldberg changed his mind and let Michael J. Fox play as Marty in Back to the Future.

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    Crispin Glover, who plays as Marty's dad, refuses to do parts 2 and 3 after a little disagreement.

    One reason George McFly is hanging upside down in part 2 of Back to the Future, is because the writer of the film did not want his face to be too visible. Why? Well, it was hard for them to find a good replacement for Crispin Glover, who seemed to play the part perfectly. The director of Back to the Future, Robert Zemeckis, called Glover's agent to ask him if he would be in part 2. But Glover still continued to hold a grudge from the first movie, so he continued to say no. He was replaced by Jeffrey Weissman.

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    Robert Zemeckis, the director of Back to the Future, originally wrote the part 2 script to take place in the 60s, not the year 2015.

    At the time when part 2 was being written, Robert Zemeckis was producing Roger Rabbit, so Bob Gale was working on the script. When Zemeckis returns to direct Back to the Future Part 2, he makes a suggestion that they should relive the first movie from a different perspective, and also go to the future. Bob Gale agrees to this idea, and scraps the 60s idea.

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    Ronald Reagan was asked to play as Mayor Hubert in Back to the Future Part 3.

    The president was actually very fond of the first 2 Back to the Future movies, so he was asked to play as Mayor Hubert in part 3, but reluctantly said no. The part was played by Hugh Gillin instead.

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    Christopher Lloyd did not want to do Back to the Future at first

    At first Christopher Lloyd says no to the part of Doc Brown, but changes his mind after his wife convinces him to give it a try. Now he is glad that he took the role, and said if they ever made a part 4, he would definitely be in it.

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    Will they make a Back to the Future part 4?

    Robert Zemeckis, Steven Speilberg, and Bob Gale have all been asked these questions over and over again. Zemeckis says no. "3 is a good number." He says. "4 is boring." Gale said that there would never be a part 4 of Back to the Future while they were still alive. He claimed that trilogies made many years later are never as good as the old trilogies, and does not want to ruin BttF's reputation. They even made t-shirts that said "No Back to the Future Part 4." But who knows, maybe they will change their minds and think of all the BttF fans out there.....

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