Back From The Future

We’ve arrived!

That’s a bit… miraculous! 88mph is very fast! And scary…

Little bears are at Supanova to hear from Back To The Future stars and legends Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) and Thomas F Wilson (Biff Tannen).

Tom Wilson and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future III
Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson

When Christopher Lloyd received the script for Back to the Future he didn’t get it, and put it in the rubbish bin. Great Scott! His girlfriend at the time convinced him to give the script a go, Christopher Lloyd met with Robert Zemeckis, and the rest is history.

Over four decades, Lloyd has had a prolific and varied career that includes his first film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), Adams Family (1991), Anastasia (1997) and a long running stint on TV show Taxi. At 78 he is still working but it’s Back to the Future that people keep coming back to.

Christopher Lloyd has been on the comic-con circuit for about 10 years now and the only events where Back to the Future takes second place is at the Star Trek conventions 🙂 Lloyd played Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Lloyd says he doesn’t get tiresome being asked the same questions by the fans. He did drive the DeLorean but the “tricky stuff” was done by stunt drivers. His favourite film of the trilogy is number III because he got to have a romance and he likes that it’s a western. Number III is also Tom Wilson’s favourite movie of the trilogy.

Tom Wilson, who is also a stand-up comedian, put together the hilarious Biff’s Question Song, in which he answers repetitive questions such as what’s Michael J. Fox like (he’s nice and no, they didn’t keep in touch) and will there be another sequel (not happening).

And that is what he opened the panel with, a performance of Biff’s Question Song.

2017 is a grand experiment year for Tom Wilson. In 2015, for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, he gave some rare interviews about the movie, his experience and the role he played. Biff and the Back to the Future trilogy is not something he often spoke about previously. This year he agreed to attend Supanova in Sydney and Perth and several conventions in the US. The experience has been a positive one for both Tom Wilson and the fans.

Tom Wilson is a really lovely guy. And nothing like Biff or relatives Griff and Buford Mad Dog Tannen. Biff’s corrupt political bully character in the second film was famously based on Donald Trump. It’s quite incredible that some people saw him for what he is 30 years ago, yet today, with mounting evidence, others still refuse to see what’s right in front of them. Lloyd says he doesn’t know what he would do if he could go back to 1985 and change the present day.

Back to the Future was Tom Wilson’s first movie. He was hoping for a role as one of Biff’s gang members, but he was paired for the audition with Crispin Glover for the role of George McFly and pairing was perfect. Tom Wilson knew exactly how to go about portraying the quintessential bully Biff Tannen in Back to the Future: He drew from real-life experiences where he was on the other end of the torment.

“A thin and sickly kid, I was pushed around and beaten up by bullies throughout my childhood, until I grew bigger than everybody and it stopped,” Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “I knew very well how they operate, and specifically the joy they take in scaring people. I’d stared them in the face so often that it wasn’t particularly challenging to do an impression.”

Tom Wilson gets asked about the experience on Back to Future often enough that he carries around copies of an answer sheet with responses to the most common inquiries…

Time’s up!

Time to go Back to the Future 🙂

Supanova Perth 2017

Isabelle will drive 🙂

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