As many of you film nerds know, Michael J. Fox wasn’t the fist Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Actor Eric Stoltz was actually chosen for the role and filmed for six weeks before being replaced by Fox. Many actors auditioned for the role, and one of them was actor Jon Cry, who said the script he auditioned with isn’t the same Back to the Future we all know and love.
In fact, it had an ending very similar to a scene in a not-so-loved film of another beloved franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Cryer explains in a series of tweets just how different the script he read for his audition. The first tweet can be found below.
It’s interesting that McFly was the one who was originally set to nuke the fridge, instead of Dr. Jones.
Personally, I never had much issue with Indy nuking the fridge, as I find it no more unbelievable than Short Round, Willie, and Dr. Jones using a raft to escape a plane crash and then using said raft to slide down the Himilayas to safety in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Back to the Future is a huge reason why I am a film geek. It’s also a heavy contributing factor to my love/obsession with time travel. The end of the first film builds tension as well as any film. And when you watch it at the age of 7, you haven’t quite learned that, for the most part, in most films, things work out for the characters.
What are your thoughts on the script Jon Cryer was given for his audition? Let us know in the comments down below!
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