Alternate Time-lines: Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly from BACK TO THE FUTURE!
Stoltz is clearly, in these frustratingly mute glimpses, giving Marty's dilemma a somewhat more dramatic edge, which is more befitting his own slightly skewed indie-persona. It's oddly sadistic that I want to see more, get a taste of what this footage would have felt like cut together into coherent scenes, I mean, how much of the movie did they shoot in five weeks? Here we have Marty meeting his father for the first time; Marty and Doc first discussing his 1.21 gigawatt predicament; Marty wandering round the 1950's Hill Valley and there are stills of Stoltz and Christopher Lloyd filming the first time travel sequence where Copernicus is sent a minute into the future. For me, this is an incredible peak at an alternate reality where Zemeckis wasn't granted the chance to reshoot those five weeks by Universal, where he was forced to suffer through with a creative compromise and deliver a very different version of 'Back to the Future' that, I'm sorry to say Stoltz, probably wouldn't have been receiving an enthusiastic re-release on its 25th anniversary. It's a strange thought that regardless of the quality of a screenplay, and 'Back to the Future' is one of the finest, it can all be down to the casting of one - albeit absolutely key - character that can utterly determine the fate of a motion picture. It makes you think about what kind of topsy turvy world we'd be living in if Christopher Walken was cast as Han Solo.