The legendary actor duo reunite more than 37 years after the original film's release during a panel at New York Comic-Con, amongst emotional fans.
Actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd had quite the emotional Back to the Future reunion at New York Comic Con. The original film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, has amassed many fans over the past thirty-seven years and is widely considered one of the greatest science-fiction movies ever made. Its success is still powerfully felt today, as a musical adapted from the first movie is set to open on Broadway in 2023, after a successful run in London's West End.
While Lloyd's career is still going strong, as he was recently confirmed to be a part of the cast for The Mandalorian's third season, Fox retired from acting in 2020 to focus on his health. The actor was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991, progressively affecting his speech and memory. In his memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Fox explained that not being able to speak properly or remember his lines essentially forced him into retirement.
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Now, Lloyd and Fox reunited thirty-seven years after the original's release at New York Comic Con. The duo appeared at the convention for a Back to the Future panel, which made the actors, alongside movie fans and social media users, very emotional. Check out the reunion above.
Why Back to the Future Still Holds Up Decades Later
It's even more emotional for the fans considering that the on-screen pairing between Fox and Lloyd in the movie almost didn't happen. Eric Stoltz was initially cast as Marty McFly, but Zemeckis thought he wasn't a good fit for the role and was able to cast Fox in the role in the middle of production. While Back to the Future has plenty of iconic moments and a timeless plot, the movie likely wouldn't have held up as well if it wasn't for the on-screen chemistry between Fox's McFly and Lloyd's Doc Brown.
The back-and-forth between the two leads is the main reason why Back to the Future still holds up decades later. The film would've been a completely different film with Stoltz as lead, and Marty McFly's impeccable chemistry with Doc Brown would've likely been nonexistent had the character never been recast with Fox. For many fans, seeing them again at New York Comic Con felt like no time had passed between the trilogy and the panel, with the actors clearly enjoying their company and the love they have received from the audience.
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