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    Eric Stoltz as the original Marty McFly
    By The Hollywood Reporter · October 12, 2010
    Everyone knows the classic 1985 film "Back to the Future" featured a boyish Michael J. Fox in a winning performance as Marty McFly.

    But Fox was not the original McFly. In fact, Eric Stoltz was five weeks into shooting the famed McFly role when director and co-writer Robert Zemeckis made a drastic production decision -- changing his lead actor.

    Details of the shocking Hollywood switch and never-before-seen footage of Stoltz as McFly are part of the extras package for the "Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy" to be released on Blu-Ray on Oct. 26.

    Zemeckis says the casting change was "this horrific decision; it was heartbreaking for everybody."

    Executive producer Steven Spielberg said that Zemeckis consulted him before pursuing the casting change.

    "(Zemeckis) showed me the first five weeks of shooting that he had put together," Spielberg said. " And he said, 'I just don't think we're getting the laughs I was hoping we would get.' "

    Spielberg said he realized his director "was absolutely correct."

    The rest is pop-culture history. Zemeckis was able to "convince the studio to let me reshoot five weeks of work," and Michael J. Fox was cast in a career-defining role. "Back to the Future," released on Oct. 26, 1986, would go on to gross $381 million worldwide and lead to two further sequels.
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    Old news. It's been on IMBD for a long time.

    I know the scene where Marty and Doc are chased by the Libyans in the parking lot has Stoltz in it as Marty. They left it in there because you can't tell it's not Michael J Fox.
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    I think it's cool they're putting footage of it in the DVD (I looked it up and supposedly most of the special features for blue ray/DVD are the same). Must've had to get Stoltz's permission for that. I'd imagine he might have been bitter about that for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    I think it's cool they're putting footage of it in the DVD (I looked it up and supposedly most of the special features for blue ray/DVD are the same). Must've had to get Stoltz's permission for that. I'd imagine he might have been bitter about that for a while.

    Yeah, it's really cool that they're releasing some footage. Stoltz is great, but I can't see him in that role at all.
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    I believe it's talked about on the original DVDs as well - certainly not new news to me! And "Back To The Future" was released in 1985 - not 1986!

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    Um like this was really old news....at least to me. Seriously I've seen the stills and stuff at least 15 years ago or more.
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    more importantly/VH related, have we ever figured out what that Van Halen music that Michael J. plays over that cassete player when he's playing the space alien in the yellow suit? the tape says Edward Van Halen if I remember correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack View Post
    more importantly/VH related, have we ever figured out what that Van Halen music that Michael J. plays over that cassete player when he's playing the space alien in the yellow suit? the tape says Edward Van Halen if I remember correctly.

    what a great movie by the way.
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    I suppose next they're going to tell us that Peter Best was originally the drummer for the Beatles?

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    Um like this was really old news....at least to me. Seriously I've seen the stills and stuff at least 15 years ago or more.
    Yeah. All this info was on the BTTF DVD's that came out a while back in the Making Of features.
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    I had never heard of this before. Stoltz is a good actor but Michael J. Fox totally kicked ass in the Marty McFly role!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Um like this was really old news....at least to me. Seriously I've seen the stills and stuff at least 15 years ago or more.
    Yep. There are still a few shots of Stolz as McFly in the finished film. Most noticably in the chase scene in the parking lot at the beginning of the movie. You can see Stolz driving the DeLorean in a few shots.
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