VIDEO: Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly? The ‘Back to the Future’ that could have been

Oct. 12, 2010 | 6:31 p.m.

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in "Back to the Future" 1985 (Universal)

With Hollywood classics,  the almost-could-have-happened casting game is always fun to think about. John Travolta auditioned for “Star Wars,”  Clint Eastwood was pursued as a replacement for Sean Connery in the 007 films and and Tom Selleck, the poor fella, actually turned down the chance to wear the hat in the Indiana Jones films.

Then there’s the rare star that actually gets the job and then loses it — and yes, today we’re talking about Eric Stoltz and the Marty McFly gig in “Back to the Future.” The film is hitting home video in a lavish new 25th anniversary edition and here’s a clip from the bonus features that illuminates the way Stoltz was erased from a major moment of movie history.

– Geoff Boucher


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2 Responses to VIDEO: Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly? The ‘Back to the Future’ that could have been

  1. Michael A. Shea says:

    I don't doubt that Zemeckis found dropping Stolz to be a painful decision- I don't doubt his compassion and general nice-guy-nature. But if you are in a position to have a studio let you re-shoot five weeks of the first, untested movie in the trilogy, there is no way you can be called a "young, hungry filmmaker"!

  2. Tim D. says:

    I had seen this story earlier today and didn't know the answer. Just know I was watching Fringe and they were peeking into a parallel world and there was a theater playing Back to the Future and it was starring Eric Stoltz. I automatically made the connection with this story from earlier. Its crazy to accidentally get the answers to internet questions you wish you knew the answer to but wasn't worth the search …and in the same day. Awesome!

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