Back To The Future’s Michael J Fox reveals it took years for him to bond with co-star

The dynamic duo weren't initially Great Scott's with each other

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox as Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back To The Future (Universal)
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox as Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back To The Future (Universal)

Back To The Future icon Michael J Fox has opened up on his close relationship with co-star Christopher Lloyd – revealing their friendship grew far slower than 88mph.

The 61-year-old made an appearance at Sundance Film Festival in Utah, during which he spoke about his career at large and his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease.

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Speaking about his relationship with Lloyd, who starred alongside him as time-traveling scientist Doc Brown, Fox declared his now 83-year-old scene partner "an enigmatic character".

Photo by: NDZ/STAR MAX/IPx 2022 10/8/22 Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox at a
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox at New York Comic Con (NDZ/STAR MAX/IPx)

But his mysterious nature meant Fox found it difficult to bond with Lloyd during the first two films of the 1980s trilogy.

"It took me a few films to get to know him," he told Variety Studio. "On 'Back to the Future Part III' we connected in a way we hadn't on the other films. I came to see how much he loved acting. I never got that before.

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"To sit down and talk about acting and talk about Shakespeare and 'King Lear'… This guy can play King Lear! People don't expect that of him. He's full of surprises."

"He can tell a movie's worth of story in two seconds and you get it," Fox continued. "Us regular actors have to lay out hours and hours to get the information out. Chris is brilliant at it.

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Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd in Back To The Future Part III (Universal)

"His love of film and his love of being an actor… He's not just a crazy guy, he's an artist."

Fox and Lloyd have since developed an unbreakable bond that has become as much beloved by fans as the Back To The Future franchise itself.

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Over the past four decades since, Lloyd has been a fervent supporter of Fox's fundraising for Parkinson's disease, and appears alongside him at fan conventions for cast reunion specials.

An appearance at New York Comic-Con in October 2022 left fans "in tears" as they praised their long-standing workmanship and friendship.