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  • Michael J. Fox was not original Marty McFly in 'Back To the Future'

    Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly. (Universal)

    The role that made Michael J. Fox a movie star was not originally his.

    It was Eric Stoltz’s.

    That’s what director Robert Zemeckis said in an interview that appears with Stoltz’s Marty McFly footage in “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy,” being released on Blu-Ray on Oct. 26.

    Zemeckis said he had done five weeks of shooting with Stoltz before the switch was made.

    He said the change was “heartbreaking for everybody.”

    (Except for Fox, that is.)

    Steven Spielberg, who produced the film, said Zemeckis called about the difficult decision.

    “He showed me the first five weeks of shooting that he had put together,” Spielberg said. “And he said, ‘I just don’t think we’re getting the laughs I was hoping we would get.’”

    Spielberg said he backed up Zemeckis’ decision.

    “Back to the Future” grossed $381 million at the box office.

    Good decision.

    Click here to see excerpts of the interview and Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly.

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