I’ve always been a big fan of the Back to the Future movies, so it’s sort of amazing that I’d never heard that Robert Zemeckis did five weeks of shooting with Eric Stoltz in the Marty McFly role instead of Michael J. Fox. In fact, that’s kind of mindblowing.
Apparently, the 25th Anniversary DVD collection of the films contains some of the original footage. On a side note, why don’t I own these movies on DVD yet?
Anyway, I don’t have any real opinion of Eric Stoltz–he’s okay–but all of these years later, it’s almost impossible to imagine anybody besides Fox inhabiting that role. The charisma of the two actors is just so vastly different, and Fox just sells every gag so perfectly that I can’t see the movie working without him.
I’m posting up a YouTube video below, but on the good chance it will break at some point, here’s where I originally read about it.