25 Reasons Crispin Glover Is The Weirdest, Most Interesting Dude In Hollywood

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Crispin Glover is so much more than just George McFly in Back to the Future. Obviously, he was Marty's Dad in the first Back to the Future, but in the 30 years since, Glover has made a name for himself as not just an actor, but also as a director, writer, musician, and all around weirdo. If you only know Glover from his blockbusters or his infamous David Letterman appearance, then you're missing out on just how gloriously, defiantly offbeat he really is. The man is an artist, one who specializes in the strange.

Whether he's expressing himself as an actor, a musician, a filmmaker, a performance artist, or just Crispin Glover, he can be counted on to do something totally unique. This is a guy who used the paycheck he earned stealing scenes in Charlie's Angels to write and direct a movie starring only actors with Down syndrome, a guy who won a landmark lawsuit over Back to the Future Part II. He's a provocateur and an enigma, an oddity and a riddle. He's just plain interesting.

That's why we've collected a list of things you probably didn't know about the man, the myth, the legend. These facts,stories, and info-nuggets about Crispin Hellion Glover range from the funny to the shocking to the transcendent. Vote up your favorite Crispin Glover facts below!
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    He Had Moral Objections to the Ending of Back to the Future

    The idea of success in the super-happy new timeline that Marty's first time travel adventure creates is very, very '80s. In Back to the Future, victory is measured by the McFlys' swollen bank account and Marty's sweet new truck in the garage. Glover took issue with this materialistic happy ending, and his objections didn't go over well with the director.

     "I had a conversation with Robert Zemeckis about it," Glover told Tasha Robinson in an AV Club interview. "And I said, 'I think if the characters have money, if our characters are rich, it’s a bad message. That reward should not be in there.' People love the movie, and of course who am I to say - I was 20 years old, though. And again, I was stepping into it from a time period of questioning. But Robert Zemeckis got really angry. Essentially, he did not like that idea. He was pissed."
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    He Covered a Michael Jackson Song

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    To promote the Willard remake, Glover applied his musical talents to a cover of Michael Jackson's "Ben," a song that was, in fact, written specifically for the 1972 sequel to the original Willard.
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    He Knows You Think He's Weird

    He Knows You Think He's Weird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Reasons Crispin Glover Is The Weirdest, Most Interesting Dude In Hollywood
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    Crispin Glover is well aware that most people think he's a pretty odd duck, but he's not particularly bothered by it.

    Why? Because Crispin Glover as we know him is largely a persona. Glover commented on it during his Nerdist interview with Chris Hardwick, saying, "I understand that that entity, which I have something to do with, is an external entity, but other people have things to do with it too. So obviously other people are going to say other things and they're commenting on that element that has something to do with me but isn't me. If it was really about me, if I somehow genuinely, totally identified as that external element, I guess I'd be upset."
     
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    His Big Movies Pay for Smaller, More Personal Projects

    His Big Movies Pay for Smaller... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Reasons Crispin Glover Is The Weirdest, Most Interesting Dude In Hollywood
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    When Glover shows up in an event movie like Alice in Wonderland, his fees tend to pay for his more experimental films as director. Willard and Charlie's Angels allowed him to make What Is It? and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine, the first two movies in a planned trilogy.

    Charlie’s Angels came out it did very well financially and was good for my acting career. I started getting better roles that also paid better and I could continue using that money to finance my films that I am so truly passionate about," Glover explained in his Reddit AMA. "I have been able to divorce myself from the content of the films that I act in and look at acting as a craft that I am helping other filmmakers to accomplish what it is that they want to do."
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    He Directed a Movie in Which Almost Every Actor Has Down Syndrome

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    Yep, Glover is also a director, having helmed two feature films. His first, What Is It? was produced by David Lynch and featured almost exclusively actors with Down syndrome, though that's not the subject of the movie at all.

    It was no mere stunt, Glover told the Huffington Post. "What it really is, it's my psychological reaction to the corporate constraints that have happened with corporately funded distributed films," he said. "Where anything that could make an audience member uncomfortable is excised - or that film will not be corporately funded or distributed. I think that's a very damaging thing. I think 98 percent of our films are either actual, genuine propaganda or distractions.
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    His Father Is an Actor Too

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    Crispin's a second generation thespian. His dad, Bruce Glover, is an accomplished character actor who played supporting roles in Chinatown and the Walking Tall movies. He was also Mr. Wint, one of Blofeld's henchmen, in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever.
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    He Once Played Willy Wonka

    He Once Played Willy Wonka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Reasons Crispin Glover Is The Weirdest, Most Interesting Dude In Hollywood
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    Glover - who appeared alongside Johnny Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Dead Man, and Alice in Wonderland - riffed on Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performance as Willy Wonka in the 2007 spoof Epic Movie.
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    He Appeared on Happy Days, The Facts of Life, and Family Ties

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    It's surprising given his later reputation for offbeat weirdness, but Glover showed up on a whole lot of wholesome sitcoms throughout the '80s, including The Facts of Life and Happy Days. He also appeared alongside his cinematic son, Michael J. Fox, on Family Ties not once but twice, playing a chap named Doug both before and after Back to the Future hit theaters.
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