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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly

This is one of those stories that used to exist as a sort of Hollywood folklore-- like Richard Dreyfus being offered the lead role in Total Recall, or John Travolta in Splash.

Eric Stoltz was not only offered the lead role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, they shot the movie for 5 weeks with him. But when director Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg watched the dailies, they were not pleased. So they fired Stoltz and hired Michael J. Fox. And the rest is...history.

Courtesy of AV Club, here's a glimpse of the lost footage from the Blu-ray release of the trilogy:

It's very strange to see this footage, isn't it? Especially from such an iconic movie. It's almost like seeing a deleted scene from The Wizard of Oz. Five weeks is a lot of shooting to throw away. But when you look at clips, and compare them to what you already seems like they made the right choice.

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