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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