“There’s no love like the first.” (Nicholas Sparks)
- Christian Slater & Winona Ryder, Sarah Jessica Parker & Robert Downey Jr., Bridget Fonda & Eric Stoltz, Brad Pitt & Juliette Lewis, Charlie Sheen & Kelly Preston, Madonna & Sean Penn, Julia Roberts & Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick, Don Johnson & Melanie Griffith, Mikhail Baryshnikov & Jessica Lange
Eric Stoltz with Lea Thompson on the set of Back To the Future, 1984
Originally cast as Marty McFly for Back to the Future in late 1984, he was replaced after about a month of filming when Michael J. Fox (the director’s first choice for the role) agreed to divide time between the movie and his television sitcom Family Ties. The director, Robert Zemeckis, said that while Stoltz provided an admirable performance, it lacked the precise comedic sense that Zemeckis was seeking. Some of the original footage, where Stoltz does not appear but was on set, was used in the film. (x)
Nerdy Fact #1865: Michael J. Fox was not originally cast as Marty McFly. Much of the movie was actually shot with actor Eric Stoltz in the role, but Director Robert Zemeckis quickly realized his intense portrayal of the character didn’t fit in with the tone of the film and replaced him.