Michael J. Fox famously played Marty McFly in all three Back to the Future films: BTTF, BTTF2 and BTTF3.
Although Fox was first choice of Zemeckis and Gale, he was committed to NBC's hit show Family Ties. The show's producer, Gary David Goldberg, was not originally willing to let Fox film both the TV series and a movie at the same time.
So other try-outs went to C. Thomas Howell and Eric Stoltz.
Eric Stoltz went so far as to film for four weeks - resulting in 40 minutes' worth of film - however Zemeckis and Gale weren't happy with the results, or the chemistry between Stoltz and Christopher Lloyd, who was playing Doc Brown.
The producer and director went back to Goldberg, who relented and agreed to let Fox work on both projects, on the condition that Family Ties came First.
Honourable Mentions Edit
- Michael J. Fox
- C. Thomas Howell
- Eric Stoltz
- Christopher Lloyd