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‘Back To The Future’ Co-Writer Gives Insight Into Doc & Marty’s Friendship
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Back To The Future II

One of the most beloved film franchise, Back To The Future, also features one of the most beloved friendships, between characters Dr. Emmett L. Brown and Marty McFly. However, we didn’t quite know what had happened to bring the two characters together.

Until now.  Thanks to co-writer Bob Gale who, after finding a question about the friendship on Mental Floss, decided to elaborate.  Hit the jump to see what the man behind the film, well, one of them, had to say.

Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse””er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this”¦

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc.

And that’s the origin of their relationship.

Personally, as a fan of the franchise, this is nice to know, but not at all important. I love both of these characters, and their friendship is really fantastic.  No back-story needed.  Honestly, this is one of the first times I’ve actually thought about their back-story, so while it’s nice, it’s just not hugely important.

What do you think?

[Source: Mental Floss via FirstShowing]

1 Comment »

  1. For some reason, I liked it better when I didn’t know this. Their relationship seemed so natural that it kinda didn’t need a reason. This doesn’t add anything.

    Comment by PAUL — August 22, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

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