The old friends and colleagues appeared at the comic book convention to discuss the beloved movie trilogy which propelled them to stardom back in 1985. Fox also spoke with warmth about his Parkinson’s condition, which prompted his retirement from acting in 2020.
\u201cThe best. \n\nMichael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd were reunited today in New York City at Comic Con\u2026\n\u201d
— Rex Chapman\ud83c\udfc7\ud83c\udffc (@Rex Chapman\ud83c\udfc7\ud83c\udffc)
\u201cEvery time I see this iconic pairing back together I smile, Back to the Future is a great movie. \nWhat is even more amazing is that Michael J. Fox has raised over $1.5 Billion for Parkinson\u2019s Research.\n\n\u201d
\u201cIf you were a teenager in 1985, then Michael J. Fox was your guy. Marty McFly in Back to the Future is the coolest teenager in cinema history.\nWatching him hug Christopher Lloyd like this is so beautiful. \n#BackToTheFuture #MichaelJFox \nhttps://t.co/sniP95YE1J\u201d
Fielding questions from the crowd, the pals reflected on their first meeting, after Fox was brought in to replace actor Eric Stolz as Marty McFly after several weeks of filming.
“I didn’t know Michael other than hearing about him, and I felt that I had barely made it through the six weeks, and now I was going to have to do it again?” Lloyd explained, as reported by UpRoxx.
Fortunately for him, and for the history of cinema: “There was immediate chemistry, as they say.”
Other topics covered by the legendary duo included the new Back to the Future musical, which they praised as not a simple tribute act to the film.
“They could have fallen into a trap imitating us,” Fox said, as reported by AV Club, “But they made the characters fully realised on their own. I’m gonna go when I come to New York.”
One question, which delighted fans, was whether they’d ever swiped anything from the movies’ sets. Lloyd admitted to taking an old Western-themed shirt while filming Back To The Future Part III, adding that his wife doesn’t let him wear it.
Fox also discussed his work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which he launched following his Parkinson’s diagnosis in the early 1990s, and which is dedicated to finding a cure for the disease.
Reflecting on the ways in which friends and fans have supported and driven efforts to raise funds and awareness around the condition, Fox said proudly: “Parkinson’s is the gift that keeps on taking, but it’s a gift, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
“People like Chris have been there a lot for me, and so many of you have. It’s not about what I have, it’s about what I’ve been given: the voice to get this done, and help people out.”
\u201cAll my admiration and respect to this pair of actors, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, for the fun they gave us with Back to the Future. Michael is a true warrior of life. May a cure for Parkinson's disease appear soon. For ever #BackToTheFuture\u201d