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Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to the Future?

Not Feeling It-”Back to the Future”-Please!

Life imitated Art for the creators and Directors of “Back to the Future”. Trying desperately to see their own future with the current lead to their future lead. Before Michael J. Fox was cast in the iconic role of Marty McFly, Eric Stoltz began the movie’s production as the character. Stoltz was fired from Back to the Future and eventually replaced by Fox after the creators decided to go another route with Marty’s character approach as well as changes to the content. One of the reasons Stoltz was let go was because of the intense way he interpreted and portrayed Marty, which wasn’t how the movie’s writers intended the story to be played, despite the fact that Back to the Future’s ending is depressing.

Synopsis

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love — so he can get back to the future.

I Am Ready for my Close-up Mr. Zemeckis!

For starters, Stoltz’s Marty McFly was much more serious and affected. According to accounts from cast and crew on the movie, Stoltz approached Marty in a “method” acting style and lacked the comedic lightness of touch Zemeckis and his co-writer/co-producer Bob Gale wanted for the part. This was almost a daily battle between Stoltz and Zemeckis and waited a long time before bringing the issues to the studio. The movie was flat and lost it’s innocents under Stoltz who is a very good actor but was in the wrong movie for the wrong reasons. Stoltz later admitted that he took the role because his agent told him it would change his career. It is easy to say that the agent was right but we are judging the success of the movie off of the performance of Fox and not Stoltz. Had Stoltz stayed the movie feel would have taken on a different direction and may not have been as successful.

Cha-Ching

The Back to the Future series is the 14th-highest-grossing trilogy of all time at the domestic market (adjusted for inflation), 17th-highest-grossing trilogy of all time at the domestic market (not adjusted for inflation), and the 13th-highest-grossing trilogy of all time, worldwide (not adjusted for inflation).

Oh you mean “Apocalypse”-Right Now!

Martin Sheen replaced Harvey Keitel

Synopsis:

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, ‘does not exist — nor will it ever exist’. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard’s job is to eliminate him.

Cha-Ching

Apocalypse Now was honored with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered unfinished before it was finally released on August 15, 1979, by United Artists. It performed well at the box office, grossing $40 million domestically and going on to gross over $100 million worldwide. The change from Keitel to Sheen was transparent and did not get in the way of the movie’s success.

‘Sister’ you want me to be that character? My fans expect more from me…

“Sister Act” was originally written for Bette Midler. Creative differences brought in Whoopie Goldberg.

“Sister Act…was written for me, but I said: ‘My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.’ I don’t know where I got that from. Why would I say such a thing? So, Whoopi did it instead and, of course, she made a fortune.”

Synopsis:

Released in the summer of 1992, Sister Act starred actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg as struggling nightclub performer Deloris Van Cartier, who is forced into hiding after witnessing her gangster boyfriend committing murder and poses as nun Sister Mary Clarence while staying at a San Francisco convent. Despite a rocky road to the screen, the film was an instant hit, as audiences warmed to Goldberg’s on-screen comradery with co-stars Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy and Wendy Makkena, powered by a soundtrack that spent more than a year on the Billboard charts.

Cha-Ching

“Sister Act” was a box office hit, bringing in $231 million worldwide against its $31 million budget. Disney moved quickly to secure the cast for a sequel, and offered Goldberg a reported $7–12 million dollar salary, making her the highest-paid actress in Hollywood at the time.

Actors replaced on TV shows

Change that Dial

Television shows are just another avenue where Actors and Actresses can prove their craft. 30years ago if you were a film star you never went to television unless you were old and desperate. Today, with all the streaming services and the fluidness in which actors move about all the facets of viewing choices there is no more stigma. However, the actor is still the same.

Go Fish!

Jenna Fisher was replaced by Liza Snyder in “Man with a Plan”.
“Splitting Up Together” had mild success

Dead Air

Kudro was replaced by Peri Gilpin in “Frazier”

“I wasn’t right for the part [or] for the chemistry of the group. So that wasn’t working but I did think, ‘Oh, I am not [director James Burrows’] cup of tea.”

Ironically, Kudrow ended up auditioning again in front of James Burrows for Friends, and shared,

Burrows passed on Kudrow for Frasier but took her in for Friends

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Steven C. Owens

Steven C. Owens

Writer of life lessons sprinkled with meaningful sports and history editorials.