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Remember when the Back to the Future films traveled to our time and the future was stunning?! Hover boards! Flying cars! Self tying shoes! Jaws 19! Those crazy shiny hats! And we totally did it right?  You walk outside right now and it's all there, just waiting to be used! Nope. None of it. Well... we got the shiny hats? In any case, these movies make up one of the best film franchises ever and there are lots of fun facts from behind the scenes with Doc and Marty.

Regardless of our lack of hover boards we have achieved a lot and it's crazy to look back at this iconic '80s movie franchise that defined a generation. This franchise arguably handled time travel back then better than any other movies have in the 30 years since. The Back to the Future movies are funny and heartfelt, exciting and infinitely memorable, and one of the few film series that are, in a word, perfect.

We took a look back over these amazing films and all kinds of Back to the Future trivia you might not have known about them. Did you know Huey Lewis made a cameo in the first film, in addition to supplying the theme song? Or that Ronald Reagan and Clint Eastwood were both huge fans? Or that Johnny Depp auditioned for Marty McFly? All this and more awaits you below! Fire up the flux capacitor and get ready to upvote the most interesting behind the scenes facts from the best time travel movies of all time!
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ZZ Top Had an Impromptu Concert on the Set of Back to the Future III


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According to the book Billy Gibbons: Rock & Roll Gearhead, ZZ Top was hanging around the set and was asked to be the town band. During one take, the camera broke and while waiting for it to be repaired, Michael J. Fox asked if they would play "Hey Good Lookin'," which they did. Afterwards, more requests were played. Two hours later, someone inquired as to whether or not the camera had been repaired. Robert Zemeckis replied that it had been fixed for quite a while, he just didn't want to stop the party that had evolved.
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Some Creative Writing in the Sequel May Have Helped a Plot Point in Back to the Future


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At the school dance, Biff is shown "spiking" the punch with alcohol. In Back to the Future, George is shown drinking the punch before confronting Biff in the parking lot. It may be that George's uncharacteristic courage in the original scene can be attributed to drinking Biff's spiked punch.
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Marty Throwing the Frisbee in 1885 Is Technically Acurate


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In Part III, Marty uses a Frisbie pie plate to knock a gun out of Mad Dog's hand. In 1871, the Frisbie Pie Company started in Connecticut. Their pie pans were thrown on the campus of Yale and eventually lead to the invention of Frisbees.
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Back to the Future II Is the First Film to Accomplish Interaction Between the Same Actor on the Screen Twice as Two Different Characters


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The biggest effect in Back to the Future II is the vista glide. There are three scenes that use the effect of the same actor interacting with themselves. The three scenes that were shot were the dinner sequence in 2015, 1955 Biff talking to 2015 Biff in the garage, and 1955 Doc talking with 1985 Doc. In order to create the dinner sequence with the vista glide, the camera had to be divided into thirds and Fox had to come in three different times to play his older self, Marty Jr., and his daughter Marlene.

It's the first film ever to accomplish interaction between the same actor on the screen twice as two different characters.