Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd Reunited at Comic-Con
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd took another epic trip down memory lane this weekend.
The Back to the future actors reunited on stage at New York Comic-Con on Sunday, 37 years after the classic Robert Zemeckis film first hit theaters. It marked their first reunion since joining forces with fellow cast members on Josh Gad’s pandemic YouTube series, Gathered apartback in 2020.
Fox, 61, and Lloyd, 83, used the event to reminisce about their first meeting, which came after Fox replaced Eric Stoltz in the lead role of Marty McFly weeks after filming began.
“The announcement at 1am after we had been shooting for six weeks was that the actor playing Marty would no longer be playing Marty and tomorrow we would start shooting with Michael,” Lloyd said. “I felt that I had barely crossed the [first] six weeks and now I was going to have to do it again… There was an immediate chemistry, as they say.”
Fox – who at one point said he should “watch my a–” because of his co-star’s talent – raved about working with his longtime friend on the series. three films, and said that when it came to acting alongside Lloyd, “all I had to do was react.”
“Take it and let it overwhelm me. I thought it was brilliant,” Fox said. “That was it: being with Chris and having it be Chris, and enjoying it… It was a thrill. Every time I worked with him, I knew it was going to be a good day.”
The film, which was edited on a budget of $19 million, ended up grossing $388.8 million at the box office. Back to the Future IIreleased four years later in 1989, cost double the original film’s budget and had a box office attendance of $332.9 million.
While the pair have certainly shared some gems from the making of the movies and their thoughts on Back to the Future: The Musicalthey also discussed their off-screen relationship – including Lloyd’s role in Fox’s life since he revealed his diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 1991.
“Parkinson’s is the gift that keeps taking. But it’s a gift, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Fox said. “People like Chris have been there for me, and many of you have. It’s not about what I have, it’s about what I’ve been given, the voice to do that and help people.”
Also at the Comic-Con panel, Fox spoke of finding “something to be grateful for” despite some injuries this year and paid tribute to his late mother Phyllis, whom he shared who died Sept. 24 at age 92, just two weeks old. before the event occurs.
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“To this day – well, until two weeks ago – my mother thought it was a really bad idea for me to do Back to the future“, Fox joked of his mother, who told him that doing the Steven Spielberg-produced film alongside his television work on Family tieswould make him “too tired”.
“She loved the movie, [but she was right]”, joked Fox. “I’m tired!”