The mystery surrounding the friendship between Marty McFly and mad scientist Doctor Emmet Brown has confounded movie lovers for decades. Why would a skateboardin’, hard-rockin’ 17-year-old spend so much of his free time hanging around with a 60-year-old, plutonium stealin’ crackpot? Well, producer and co-writer Bob Gale has finally ended years of speculation that ol’ Doc Brown had a predilection for young boys in tight acid-washed jeans by offering this explanation:

“Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse—er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this…

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc., and that’s the origin of their relationship.”

I think it’s a testament to the screenplay of Back to the Future that Doc and Marty’s relationship is never questioned. The movie is so entertaining and well-crafted, that you just immediately buy into it. I still find it creepy as hell that Marty’s own Mother tried to get it on with him though…


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