Any true “Back to the Future” fan is aware that the role of Marty McFly originally went to and was initially performed by Eric Stoltz. The actor was let go, however, after five weeks of shooting because his “comedy sensibilities were very different” from what Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale intended when they wrote the character. So Marty was recast with original choice Michael J. Fox in the part, film history was made, and Stoltz at least had his supporting part in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Mask” (filmed prior to and somewhat the reason for him being cast in “BTTF”), for which he earned his only Golden Globe nomination — meanwhile, Fox also got a nod for his leading comic performance in “BTTF” the same year, something Stoltz might not have achieved, and Fox was also nominated simultaneously for his role on “Family Ties”.
Until now we’d only seen photographic evidence of Stoltz’s performance, but today, as part of the whole 25th anniversary celebration going on, video footage has surfaced via The Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately it’s very minimal, hardly enough to judge the actor’s performance on. And much of what we know he filmed — the introduction of the Delorean, for example — is not represented. We don’t even get to hear him deliver any dialogue. Yet it is obvious how wrong he was just on appearance and facial expressions alone. Or is it just that we’re so used to Fox as Marty that anything else seems strange and terribly incorrect? It’s likely a combination.
Check out the video, complete with commentary from Zemeckis and Gale, after the jump.