Michael J. Fox admitted that he realized he was really good in Back to the Future, but so far no one had told him.
The most iconic role of Michael J. Fox will always remain that of Marty McFly in the trilogy of Back to the Future. The character of Marty arrived when Fox was still at the beginning of his career and stuck to him launching him into the Olympus of stars. The actor recently joked admitting that he only recently realized he was really good at it in the role of Marty. At the time of filming, it was not so clear to him since he had been hired during construction after the firing of Eric Stoltz, first choice for Back to the Future.
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Commenting on the fame of Back to the Future in an interview with Empire, Michael J. Fox confessed: “I saw it when it came out, at the Cinerama Dome, which was crazy, then I didn’t see it all again until a couple of years ago. It was Christmas. We were decorating the tree… I went to get something from the kitchen and I’ve been gone for quite a while. My wife Tracy came to check on what I was doing and found me in front of the TV. I said to her, ‘Look, there’s Back to the Future on TV! You know what, I’m really good in this movie!’ She replied, ‘Yeah, we know.’ ‘Well, why didn’t you tell me?!'”.
Fox confesses his insecurity at the time explaining that “at the time I thought this would all be over soon. I thought they’d see what I’d done and I’d go back to the back of the pack, I’d be forced to start all over again.”
That didn’t happen at all. While Michael J. Fox was in London, he discovered that Back to the Future was proving to be a huge success: “My agent said, ‘You don’t understand. This is the greatest thing in the world.’ My first instinct was, ‘I have to go back to America! There are girls to meet!'”.
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Not all films turned out to be hits
Compared with the incredible reception of Back to the Futurewhich quickly became a social phenomenon, other films starring Michael J. Fox remain underreported.
“War casualties, I felt that movie was really misunderstood”comments the actor referring to the film on the Vietnam War by Brian De Palma. “He never had a real chance. Instead, the adoration for The Will to Win still amazes me today. We have to keep it under control”.