Oct. 21, 2015 has been much anticipated by Back to the Future fans, and now it’s finally here. In honor of the special day — the very date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part 2 — Matt Lauer of The Today Show interviewed three stars from the original film: Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, who played Marty and Doc Brown, respectively, and Lea Thompson who played Marty’s mother, Lorraine.
In the segment, Fox jokes that the trilogy accurately predicted he’d have a receding hairline, but to be honest, his head of hair is still pretty impressive. A lot, of course, has changed, though. The trio also discusses life as it was predicted to be in 2015, based on the movie. Specifically, flying cars still haven’t become a reality, they point out.
Lauer and the actors also talk about why the original Back to the Future movie’s script was rejected “dozens of times.” As Thompson notes, the fact that her character was “madly in heat for her own son,” was pretty awkward — so much so that many studios opted to pass. She, on the other hand, thought it was extremely funny and got to take on the challenge of making her character’s demeanor what she describes as “innocent yet, you know, horny.”
Fox and Lloyd also discuss their fantastic on-screen dynamic. In spite of the fact that Fox came in late, taking over for Eric Stoltz nine weeks in, Lloyd shares that they “had a chemistry from the instant we walked on the set.” Fans obviously agreed, if the film’s popularity 30 years later is any indication. Fox points to the role as “a privilege that I can’t be grateful enough for.”
Back to the Future Day has been widely celebrated by fans and companies alike, from Amazon offering free streaming of the trilogy to Prime members to Nike finally introducing the self-lacing shoes Marty gets a look at in the fictional version of 2015.