Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in "Back to the Future" Footage

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  1. RebelMan

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    Eric Stoltz as the Original Marty McFly

    In case you didn't know, writer/director Robert Zemeckis was five weeks into shooting Back to the Future when he and executive producer Steven Spielberg made the drastic decision to change the lead actor as Stoltz's comedic timing just wasn't working for the film. It was then that Michael J. Fox was brought in and he reshot all those scenes from the first five weeks.
     
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    I remember seeing this a while ago. While an interesting piece of film history, it only shows that they made the right decision in removing Stoltz from the film. The guy is a very good actor, but just doesn't good comic delivery at all.
     
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    Yeah, in just these couple of shots you can tell he looked a bit too serious for the role. He had a good presence, just not comedically.
     
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    I wonder how Eric Stoltz took it? If I was booted out of a movie that became huge I would take it terribly.
     
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    Going to see it on the big screen tomorrow! Hurrah! The UK has a limited re-release to celebrate the Blu-ray. Has the US done this yet?
     
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    Very cool to finally see him in action as Marty, but I'm really glad that eventually the role went to Fox.
     
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    Any role I see him in, I don't see comedy. Trying to imagine him as a teenager...just doesn't work either. He is also...what, a foot taller than Fox? Imagine Stolz in front of Biff/Griff and him not towering over him like he did Fox.

    I can see what they were looking at.
     
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    As I understand it they had someone else for Biff when they thought Fox might do it before, then with Stoltz they hired the eventual Biff because the other guy didn't look intimidating with Stoltz. Then when Fox came in they kept the new Biff.
     
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    a bit of a BTTF historian myself, fox was workin hard workin between sets since he was still commited to family ties. a lotta serendipity had to happen for shit to work out. i still get a kick anytime i see crispin glover in anything.
     
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    As much as I do feel bad for him michael j. fox owns that role and was fantastic as marty. Though I'd be damn pissed if it happened
     
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    Just got back from watching it on the big screen - fantastic! The new print is amazing.
     

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