Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West has fun with lots of Western archetypes: the humble farmer, the gun-toting outlaw, the hooker with the heart of gold… the time-traveling mad scientist? Yes, Back to the Future‘s Doc Brown makes a cameo in the new comedy, as you’ll see after the jump.
And of course, MacFarlane isn’t the only one eager to pay homage to the classic trilogy. Elsewhere, Gillian Jacobs spills the details on the Community-Back to the Future crossover that never was. Hit the jump to get the details and watch Doc Brown’s A Million Ways to Die in the West appearance.
MacFarlane teased the cameo on Twitter.
Well, since the cat's outta the bag… pic.twitter.com/z4KL6C0i6N
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 22, 2014
You can see the scene toward the end of the TV spot below.
Universal’s decision to spoil the scene in a commercial is kind of puzzling, but it is a pretty funny gag.
Community‘s tribute to Back to the Future sounds like it would’ve been a little more involved. The problem, as Jacobs told EW, was that Donald Glover could never quite figure out how to make it work.
I remember Donald always kept trying to figure out how we could do a Back to the Future episode without magic, and I don’t think he ever cracked it. But that was sort of a goal for a while. But we couldn’t have actual magic. We tried to not have — well, maybe we got away from that — did we have magic on the show? I don’t know! It’s hard to tell sometimes! [Laughs] Multiple timelines — is that magic? Or is that just, like, advanced science?… I wish Donald had figured out how to do that Back to the Future episode that never happened.
And now the clock has run out on Glover, so he’ll never get his chance to make it happen. If only he had some sort of machine that could take him back and buy him more time…