In the world of pop culture, there are some actors who are only ever best known for a single role they played in a movie or TV show. No matter how much other work they do, they’ll always be that character in the eyes of the audience. Ralph Macchio is The Karate Kid, Macaulay Culkin is Kevin McCallister, Jason Biggs is the guy who fucked a pie, Henry Winkler is The Fonz and Mark Hamill is Luke Skywalker (though he has become well known for voicing The Joker in animated form too).
The same can also be said of Tom Wilson, the man who is known for playing the bully Biff Tannen (and all of his ancestors and descendants) in the Back to the Future trilogy. Now the actor tries to confront the daunting prospect of having become pop art by creating some therapeutic art of his own. Not only is the art pretty cool, but it’s fascinating to see the actor deal with his kind of fame so bluntly and publicly. Check out the Tom Wilson I Am Pop Art video below. Read More »
Yes, we’re aware that we’ve been going pretty crazy with all the Back to the Future coverage here at /Film, but that’s because we’re all such genuine fans of the entire film franchise from director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale. That made Back to the Future Day last week a lot of fun to experience, but there was so much going on that it was difficult to keep up with all the festivities, promotions and celebrations.
That’s why we rounded up another slew of stories to check out on Back to the Future Day this past Wednesday, and that’s why we’re delivering this final Back to the Future Bits round-up full of facts, news, goods and celebrations you might have missed in all the commotion that happened on October 21st, 2015.
The final installment of Back to the Future Bits includes these stories:
- Huge sales for USA Today‘s Back to the Future Part II issue
- Back to the Future was the highest grossing film in theaters on October 21st
- An awesome Halloween costume with a hovering Marty McFly
- Brick Forge has custom LEGO Back to the Future accessories that need to be Kickstarted
- Some folks at Stanford created a self-driving, electric DeLorean
- Tom Wilson talks about real bullies inspiring Biff Tannen
- Check out some Back to the Future cafes open in Japan
- A lost 1989 commercial for Mattel’s hoverboard
- CommitStrip explains why Doc and Marty didn’t arrive in 2015
- Experience Back to the Future Day on the Universal Pictures lot
- How the DeLorean was saved by the legacy of Back to the Future
- 11 secrets about the making of Back to the Future
- How many people celebrated Back to the Future Day on Facebook?
- Bob Gale reminisces about the making of Back to the Future
- A remake of Back to the Future still isn’t in the cards
- How Reagan-era economics impacted characters of Back to the Future
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When you’ve been in entertainment for decades, yet are only remembered for three movies you did almost twenty years ago, a sense of humor is a must. Tom Wilson most certainly has that. The actor who played all manor of Biff Tannen, the villain in all three Back to the Future movies, makes his living these days as a stand up comedian. In addition, he’s a big fan of the parody song and his latest one hits close to home.
The Sci-Fi Convention Song tells the story of what it’s like being incredibly recognizable but not as rich as those people think. Check it out below. Read More »
It’s oddly fitting that the actor who played Biff Tannen doesn’t really talk about Back to the Future. Biff was the outcast in the films, the villain, always plotting and the butt of the joke, sometimes literally. That actor, Tom Wilson, now makes his living doing stand up comedy and music and because he gets asked about the classic trilogy so often, he’s apparently created a card he hands to people that answers all the same questions he gets asked over and over again. Check it out below. Read More »
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In the 25 years since the release of Back to the Future, and with the recent release of the comprehensive Blu-ray set, one might think there wasn’t any video from the film series that isn’t, or hasn’t been, readily available. At this point, we’ve even seen Eric Stoltz play Marty Mcfly!
However, until now, no one had seen the full three and a half minute clip reel that runs outside of The Biff Tannen Museum in the alternative 1985 in Back to the Future Part II. Marty does look at it, and the audience gets to see a good portion of it, but who knew how much more there really was or how deep the history of Biff (Tom Wilson) really went? Well, BTTF.com has uncovered a transfer from a VHS that was saved by a fan who had ties to someone working on the film and loaded it online. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Most people know comedian Tom Wilson as the guy who played Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy, which probably explains why he is consistently questioned about his experience on the films wherever he goes. Wilson decided to turn the answers into a song as part of his comedy act, so that it might save him time next time you catch him walking down the street and get the urge to ask him about Michael J Fox.
The video was recorded at one of Wilson’s gigs a few years back, but we’re reaching into the archives as this is a slow week for content. Watch the video now, after the jump. You can read more about Tom and his upcoming appearances on TomWilsonUSA.com.
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