It’s hard to picture anyone else playing the anxiety-ridden, hoverboard-riding time-traveler Marty McFly that actor Michael J. Fox brought to life.
But, as this behind-the-scenes clip from the new "Back to the Future" 25th Anniversary Blu-ray shows us, the trilogy’s starring role originally went to Eric Stoltz. Great Scott!
Director Robert Zemeckis was already under tight time constraints and filmed with Stoltz for several weeks before finally deciding to fire the actor because he wasn’t working out in the role.
"He’s a magnificent actor but his comedy sensibilities were very different than what I had written with Bob [Gale] and he and I were just never able to make that work," Zemeckis recounts. "So I had to make this horrific decision which was very heartbreaking for everybody, but luckily I was able to convince the studio to let me reshoot five weeks of work."
Check out the video below for more of Zemeckis with producer Steven Spielberg and writer Bob Gale talking about the circumstances surrounding Stoltz’s replacement.
Catch the rest of the newly released special features when the "Back to the Future" 25th Anniversary Trilogy comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 26, 2010. Don’t forget to program the date into your DeLoreans!