Can you picture Captain Jack Sparrow behind the wheel of a DeLorean?
The makers of "Back to the Future" apparently couldn't. Hot on the heels of the much-discussed "Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly" footage that's featured on the upcoming "25th Anniversary Trilogy" Blu-ray and DVD collection comes word from co-writer Bob Gale on a few other contenders for the role.
In an interview with Premium Hollywood, Gale reveals that both Johnny Depp and John Cusack read for Marty McFly. However, the former apparently failed to make much of an impression.
"I don't remember the screen test," says Gale. "I looked through the notes, and I said, 'Geez, I don't even remember that we read Johnny Depp!' So whatever he did, it wasn't all that memorable, I guess!"
Poor young Johnny -- he probably thought he was going to be stuck as "the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' boyfriend" forever.
Bob Gale also reveals that Jeff Goldblum was strongly considered for the role of Doc Brown, though someone at Universal probably looked into a crystal ball and realized that going from Doc Brown to Seth Brundle in "The Fly" would be too traumatic for the universe to handle.
"Back to the Future: The 25th Anniversary Trilogy" hits shelves Oct. 26.