Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly??
Wow I just saw this on Yahoo, it's footage of Eric Stoltz as the lead in Back to the Future!
Maybe its just a one-light transfer, but the color grading of the shots makes it have a more serious look to it.
It's on the 25th anniversary DVD set. They actually shot 5 full weeks with Eric, but found that they wanted a different "comedic sensibility," ie, someone who's funny. Stoltz took the opportunity to jump on Mask, which obviously was a wonderful fit.
When Entertainment Weekly reported this story, they pointed out that Jon Cryer was supposed to play alongside Jonathan Silverman in Weekend at Bernies. Instead, it was Andrew McCarthy. I get why they made the choice, a much more contrasty one than Cryer...but I would love to have seen Cryer.
Also, in Pretty in Pink, McCarthy's role had originally been planned for Charlie Sheen as a jock, rather than AM's rich boy. They had already done Molly in love with the jock in 16 Candles, which I'm really, really glad they didn't revisit. (Liked it better than Pretty, though.)
I was curious and looked it up - yep, the year that Pretty in Pink was released, 1986, was the year that Sheen starred in Platoon! Dang! You want to talk out working better! And Wall St. in 1987! So I don't think it bothers Charlie to have missed out on Pretty.
Also in that movie, instead of Cryer, they were looking at Robert Downey, Jr! Not that Cryer knew at the time. “I knew Fisher Stevens was up for it, because he and I were hopping from show to show: He was doing Torch Song and I was doing Brighton Beach, and then I was doing Torch Song and he was doing Brighton Beach. There was this whole cottage industry of young male actors who were, basically, either understudying for or taking roles from Matthew Broderick at the time."
I'm sure that somebody somewhere has a website devoted to this kind of thing, complete with screen tests, rejected footage and such.
In the long run, they all had good careers.
Eric Stoltz is not doing too shabbily. Caprica, his current series, has the potential to be on for a while and is pretty good once you get used to the style.
Charlie Sheen turned out ok too. Despite his personal problems, he and Cryer seem to be having a good run together.
Fisher Stevens? You never really hear his name, but he seems to have kept busy too.
Our boy Fisher just won an Oscar, as a producer of the Best Documentary, "The Cove."
He has two more documentaries in the pipe, "Blank City," about the explosion of indie filmmaking in New York coincident with punk in the mid-to-late 70s, and "Hollywood Renegade," chronicling the remarkable life and work of Budd Shulberg, who, among many, many other things, won an Oscar for writing On the Waterfront.
Fisher (birth name Steven Fisher) actually has 22 credits as producer to his name.
His acting this century has mostly been guest shots on TV, including 5 episodes of Lost...but he's certainly building a resume on the other side of the camera that may well turn out to be far more memorable.
re: Sheen, after a run of dramas, his comic turn in Major League was a shock. Who knew the guy could be funny, right? He was downright endearing in that picture. The sexism doesn't wear well, but his performance still shines.
Other actors in Major League: the second screen appearance of Rene Russo, an early part for Wesley Snipes, and the very first feature for Dennis Haysbert as Pedro Serrano, who of course went on to portray President David Palmer on 79 episodes of 24.
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Don't forget, even before Major League, Charlie Sheen had a great comical cameo in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
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