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Back To The Future’s Past: How Accurate Was The Aging Make-Up?

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Most of us, when we see old(er) movies, place bets on what the actors are doing now, if it’s not immediately obvious. Some, like Hayden Christensen, have reportedly chosen to run far, far, away from Hollywood (who can blame him, really, after starring in some of the crappiest movies a beloved franchise has ever churned out?), while others have aged into nearly unrecognizable adults. And some have just aged.

Now, thanks to Reddit we get to see what the stars of Back to the Future look like now, and how their real-life aging compares to their simulated movie aging.

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Crispin Glover Wasn’t In Back To The Future II Because He Didn’t Like Its Capitalist Message

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In 1985, Crispin Glover played Michael J. Fox’s dorky dad George McFly in Back to the Future.  You may remember him in the 1989 sequel, but you’d be wrong.  McFly’s face does appear in Back to the Future II, but that’s only because Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis used it (alongside an actor in prosthetics) without Glover’s permission.  Crispin won a landmark court case over the infringement, but the story behind why Glover himself didn’t appear in the film has remained a bit vague.  

Gale has held it that Glover exited the franchise because of unsuccessful negotiations to have his salary raised, but Glover himself has been fairly silent on the topic. Until now, that is.  At the tail end of a lengthy interview with The A.V. Club about his independent, avant garde filmmaking and multimedia shows, Glover explains his side of story.

As Glover explains it, salary for the sequel was a part of his decision, but the root of the issue goes back much farther.  While they were still shooting footage with Eric Stoltz, Glover raised some qualms about the film’s very Reagan-esque endings: “I had a conversation with Robert Zemeckis about it and I said, ‘I think if the characters have money [in the updated timeline at the end of the film], if our characters are rich, it’s a bad message. That reward should not be in there.'”  Zemeckis did not take kindly to being questioned and, after Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox, Glover says he felt afraid for his own job and followed Zemeckis’s to the word.  Zemeckis held a grudge, though, which Glover says was apparent come negotiation time for the sequel.