October 21, 2015 probably felt like a lifetime away when Michael J. Fox travelled to the future as Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. But a quarter century has passed since the young Canadian actor brought hoverboards to life and we now find ourselves on that exact date, henceforth referred to as Back to the Future Day.
In the 1989 film, protagonist Marty takes a trip forward in time to in the hopes of saving his children. Reminiscing about the movie, the cast spoke to Today about the movie's predictions and what they thought the world would look like 26 years later.
Michael J. Fox reunited with the Back to the Future cast for the special day. Photo: © Instagram
Laughing with his former co-stars about his character’s hairline, Michael said: "One prediction that Back to the Future II got right was that Marty McFly would have a receding hairline,” he said jokingly, pulling his hair back.
Co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson joined the 54-year-old actor as they discussed the expectations the film had for this year, which included hoverboards, fingerprint recognition, flying cars and self-tying shoelaces.
Although it didn’t predict everything correctly, what does remain true is that the cult favourite is still as popular as ever. “It was a great script,” said Lea, who played Marty’s mother Lorraine. “I just thought it was a crazy story and it was a perfect script.”
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd co-starred in the film 26 years ago. Photo: © Getty Images
Christopher, who played Doctor Emmett Brown (a.k.a. Doc Brown), also had nothing but praise for the project, saying that the experience was monumental. "Here we are 30 years later and it doesn’t seem to have lost any momentum."
One prophecy that many people are still waiting on is the film’s prediction that the Chicago Cubs will win this year’s World Series. Despite Miami not having a baseball team in 1989, it was foreseen that the Cubs would beat Miami to go on and win the competition. As it stands, the Cubs are in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets.