Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd ‘Stunned’ by ‘Back to the Future’ Trump Prediction
Movies| | By Sara Wilkins
Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd is “stunned” the film franchise hinted at the rise of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
In Back to the Future Part II, Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), the villain from the first time traveling movie, becomes a powerful casino magnate who uses his money to influence politics.
Soon after Trump launched his presidential campaign last year, the movie’s screenwriter Bob Gale admitted he had based Tannen on America’s next president, who when the movie was released in 1989 was a colorful New York entrepreneur beginning to move into the casino business.
Speaking to The Guardian, Lloyd, who plays eccentric scientist Doc Brown in the films, said he was shocked Gale and director Robert Zemeckis had apparently foreseen Trump’s political rise.
“I was stunned by how accurate (that storyline) was. I mean, it’s just incredible,” he said. “(Zemeckis and Gale) must have been so prescient to see it. They were certainly more prescient than me.”
And the 78-year-old does not think highly of the businessman turned politician, adding, “He’s a beast. He needs to be put in a cage.”
Meanwhile, when asked whether he saw any parallels between Trump’s rise and the plot of the movie, Gale recently told The Daily Beast, “We thought about it (the similarity between Trump and Biff) when we made the movie!”
He added that a specific scene where Tannen stands in front of a portrait of himself was directly inspired by the President-elect’s love of self-promotion.
In September, it was revealed that Trump’s charitable foundation had spent $20,000 acquiring a picture of him at a charitable auction.
Back to the Future Part II’s predictive power was again in the spotlight earlier this month, when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
In the film, the team are shown as winning the competition in 2015 when Doc and his protege Marty McFly travel forward in time.
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) November 3, 2016
Michael J. Fox, who played Marty in the Back to the Future franchise, congratulated the real Chicago Cubs team after their win, writing on Twitter, “Only off by a year, not bad. Congrats @Cubs. This is so heavy.”
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