STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The guy who played Emmett “Doc” Brown loves the “Back to the Future” trilogy as much as you do.
Continuing the 30th anniversary celebration of the film franchise, the “Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future” tour brings the veteran actor to the stage — as himself — at the Keswick Theatre Sept. 24.
After a screening of the first “Back to the Future” on the big screen, Lloyd will share behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the films, as well as his experiences with Michael J. Fox, director Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin Entertainment produced the “Back to the Future” movies.
Offering a sample in a phone interview, the 77-year-old Lloyd shared that he was initially frustrated by the news that Fox was taking the place of Eric Stoltz in the role of Marty McFly six weeks into production. “Oh my goodness, I worked so hard,” he said, recalling that the late casting change made it feel like those six weeks were wasted.
However, “Michael came on to the set and the chemistry was right there. The chemistry, I feel, exists today,” said Lloyd, adding that he and Fox required little direction in the scenes they were in together, and that he wouldn’t hesitate to participate in a “Back to the Future Part IV,” if such a movie were ever to happen.
He also remembered anxiously hoping at “Back to the Future”’s 1985 premiere that the reviews would be good. “It happened way beyond our expectations. It was beautifully written — all three of them,” he said, noting that the mentor relationship between Doc and Marty is another reason “Back to the Future” continues to resonate with people all these years later.
Lloyd will also answer questions from the audience during his appearance at the Keswick. “People have told me they’ve made career choices — engineers, physicists, doctors — because of the effect the films had on them. There are people who say they just showed (‘Back to the Future’) to their 9-year-old. Everybody loves to watch the film and experience vicariously time travel, space travel. Everyone, in one point in their lives, wishes they could go to the future, 100 years into the future, as well as go back to the Roman Empire, Elizabethan England, and be there firsthand to see that,” said Lloyd.
Despite a list of theater, voice acting, TV and film credits that stretches back more than 40 years, it’s Lloyd’s Doc Brown character that continues to live on in popular culture. Doc has appeared in “Back to the Future: The Ride” at Universal Studios from 1991-2007, a “Back to the Future” animated TV series in the early ‘90s, the Cartoon Network Adult Swim series “Robot Chicken,” the 2014 movie “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and the video games “Back to the Future” (2010) and “Lego Dimensions,” among others.
When asked where he looked for inspiration to create Doc’s eccentric personality, he named Albert Einstein (You may recall that Doc’s dog was named after the German-American physicist, who died in 1955). “He worked in the patent office (in Germany) and somehow (he was) just above all that, and coming up with solutions how the world and the universe works. He was able to articulate that, and see it in his head, and put it on paper,” Lloyd said.
A “Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future” VIP ticket gets you close enough to get your picture taken with him. “I love it. They’re so excited to meet ‘Doc.’ I feel good about it,” he commented.
“I’m psyched,” Lloyd said of his coming to the area.
IF YOU GO
What: “Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
Where: The Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., off Easton Road, Glenside.
Tickets: $39.50-$150 in advance, $42-$150 at the door.
Info.: Call (215) 572-7650 or visit www.keswicktheatre.com.