Michael J Fox: It would take a lot of money to get me back into the DeLorean

At the 30th anniversary reunion of Back to the Future, the actor revealed that the iconic vehicle left him battered and bloody - and paid tribute to his fans

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There’s nothing cooler than Back to the Future’s time-travelling DeLorean, right? Putting style into temporal shenanigans, it’s an iconic design that has stood the test of time since the movie’s release 30 years ago.

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Ok, there is one dissenter – lead actor Michael J Fox.

“I wish I had a video, a gag reel of how many times I was hit by that freakin’ door, the DeLorean door,” Fox said today at the Back to the Future 30th anniversary reunion at the London Film and Comic-Con, where he appeared alongside fellow cast members including Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd. “Take after take, it would go, WHACK!”

The entrance wasn’t the only problem – the car was also a nightmare to handle, even if you didn’t need to get it up to 88 miles an hour.

“It was the worst thing to drive,” Fox said. “It had two gears and I slammed the gears, and my hand would smash into the flux capacitor. My hand would be bleeding, my head would be bleeding… and I had to clean it off to get to the Family Ties set [a sitcom Fox was also appearing in at the time].”

“The money it would take to get me back into the DeLorean again is a LOT,” he concluded. So it’s probably lucky that the trilogy’s director Robert Zemeckis ruled out a reboot of the series earlier this month.

Other highlights from the anniversary reunion included a message from actor Thomas F Wilson (who played bully Biff Tannen in the movies but couldn’t attend the event), behind-the-scenes gossip and even a crowd singalong of Earth Angel with Harry Waters Jr (who performed the song in a climactic Back to the Future scene, above).

Fox also paid tribute to the many fans he’d been in contact with over the three-day convention, saying he counted his most famous role among their number.

“Here you guys are happily dressed as other people, other characters, crazy costumes and stuff – but you’re the most genuine, real people I’ve ever met,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

“I’ve met people with their heart on their sleeves, and they love what they are, they love being together and doing the things they enjoy. And if that’s a nerd, then that’s what Marty is.”

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