Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Back to the Future' Event at the Chatham Orpheum Theater: Videos and More

Last night, at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, guests were treated with a special showing of the 1985 classic Back to the Future, with ticket costs benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and a live Q&A session with writer/producer Bob Gale and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. Their arrival was accompanied by a replica of the DeLorean car used as a time machine in the film, which people could sit in for a donation of $20 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

While Lea Thompson [who played Lorraine McFly in the BTTF trilogy] was unable to make it, having signed on for another film, we were entertained by Lloyd and Gale, who shared behind-the-scenes secrets and anecdotes alike.

Highlights of the Q&A included:
  • Bob Gale once again confirmed that he and Robert Zemeckis [director of BTTF] were developing a theatrical musical based on the film.
  • Christopher Lloyd outlined the influences on the character of Doc Brown, including Albert Einstein.
  • Gale explained the original casting ideas for Doc Brown, which included Jeff Goldblum and John Lithgow.
  • Lloyd talked about his cameo as Doc Brown in Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West and about his new film, Going in Style (in select theaters this July).
  • Gale and Lloyd spoke extensively about Eric Stoltz, the original actor playing Marty McFly, and why they replaced him with Michael J. Fox.
  • Gale confirmed (to no surprise) that there would never be a Back to the Future IV or a remake of Back to the Future.
  • Gale revealed that the 1985 original was meant to be a standalone film and that the 2015 future shown in Back to the Future Part II was not the future that Gale had envisioned, but rather a exaggeration.
You can see excerpts of the Q&A below:

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