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Michael J. Fox: I almost gave up on acting

Published 20/07/2015

Michael J.Fox
Michael J.Fox

Michael J. Fox wishes he had a gag reel for every time he was hit by the DeLorean in Back to the Future

The 54-year-old actor played Marty McFly in the iconic 1985 film. Before landing the role, Michael was still trying to find his feet as a 24-year-old actor, and felt like it was only a matter of time before he was back in a regular job.

“I was thinking of working on the fish dock or joining the military like my dad. Then suddenly I found myself on a set with Steven Spielberg,” he said according to People magazine at London Comic Con. “[I was] very overwhelmed by the whole experience. The nadir and the peak of my career happened at the same time.”

The film is now celebrating its 30th anniversary and saw Michael joined by his co-stars Christopher Lloyd, Claudia Wells and Lea Thompson. The cast enjoyed reminiscing about their time together, and Michael joked how much he’d love to see a montage of outtakes from the shoot.

“I wish I had a gag reel of every time I got whacked by that car door," he laughed. "[The reel] would be like 30 seconds of 'whack, whack!' "

The cast were given a rapturous reception by the audience, and Michael confessed it was still overwhelming to see how much love there was for the movie after all these years.

“You're the most genuine people I've met. If that's what a nerd is, then that's what Marty is too," he smiled.

While the film spawned two sequels and a mass following, Michael admitted his four children weren’t as enthralled by the franchise.

“[They]haven't watched it, not once,” he laughed.

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