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2022-01-20 4:20:16 PM  
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2022-01-20 4:23:52 PM  
Piscopo wasn't available? Really?

I heard he'd go to the opening of an envelope.
 
2022-01-20 4:25:51 PM  
John Cleese?? We missed out.
 
2022-01-20 4:27:43 PM  
I can't imagine the universe where James Woods played Doc Brown, but I'm glad I don't live there.
 
2022-01-20 4:29:16 PM  
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Suspiciously missing from the list.
 
2022-01-20 5:30:36 PM  
Gene Hackman would have been ...different.
 
2022-01-20 5:33:09 PM  
The only one I can picture from that list whom could've matched the general look, the facial expressions and comedic timing is De Vito.
 
2022-01-20 5:37:32 PM  
Some really bad, bad choices on that list, but quite a few that definitely could have pulled it off with excellent results.  Peter Boyle could have F-ing killed it!
 
2022-01-20 5:52:56 PM  
John Lithgow would have been able to pull it off.
 
2022-01-20 5:57:08 PM  
Chevy Chase!  That would have been terrible.  Not to mention Bill Cosby.
 
2022-01-20 6:27:14 PM  
Gene Hackman????
 
2022-01-20 6:30:25 PM  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: The only one I can picture from that list whom could've matched the general look, the facial expressions and comedic timing is De Vito.


So any of the male cast members from Taxi except Tony Danza?
 
2022-01-20 6:30:54 PM  
Holy shiat. Alan Arkin would have been something
 
2022-01-20 6:31:23 PM  
John Candy?!

/it's a Casio.....
 
2022-01-20 6:33:04 PM  

Combustion: John Lithgow would have been able to pull it off.


Agreed.

On the fence about goldblum. Would've been different but maybe?

I think it would require his persona from nowadays though.
 
2022-01-20 6:35:01 PM  
No other actor already had a starship that was used as a time machine.
 
2022-01-20 6:36:35 PM  
David Duke was a strange pick.  Oh, that said David Dukes
 
2022-01-20 6:36:53 PM  
Ron Silver?
 
2022-01-20 6:41:12 PM  

Tchernobog: On the fence about goldblum


Biff falls...

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2022-01-20 6:46:55 PM  
They didn't even CONSIDER Max Von Sydow. Robbed.
 
2022-01-20 6:50:08 PM  

Erma Gerdd: Piscopo wasn't available? Really?

I heard he'd go to the opening of an envelope.


It was '84. SNL was still trying to make him a thing, and production was already going to be tricky enough working around J. Fox's Family Ties schedule. That he was able to shake out a good performance burning the candle at both ends is commendable.
 
2022-01-20 6:51:25 PM  
Peter Boyle would have been a good pick.
 
2022-01-20 6:51:53 PM  
Ragin' Asian:

The character was named Emmett not Tony so yeah an issue right there.
 
2022-01-20 6:51:55 PM  
Me: Huh. Kind of would liked to have seen Eddie Murphy play a mad scientist.
Brain: 
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Me: Nevermind.
 
2022-01-20 6:52:52 PM  
stoli n coke:

Oh you....
 
2022-01-20 6:53:40 PM  

stoli n coke: Erma Gerdd: Piscopo wasn't available? Really?

I heard he'd go to the opening of an envelope.

It was '84. SNL was still trying to make him a thing, and production was already going to be tricky enough working around J. Fox's Family Ties schedule. That he was able to shake out a good performance burning the candle at both ends is commendable.


Fox hadn't been cast then. He came in after production started, when it was clear Eric Stoltz wasn't working out.
 
2022-01-20 6:55:04 PM  
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Mark Blankfield had a similar look. I had to look him though.
 
2022-01-20 6:56:08 PM  

NateAsbestos: They didn't even CONSIDER Max Von Sydow. Robbed.


I don't think he could do the crazy manic thing as well.
 
2022-01-20 6:57:03 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: stoli n coke: Erma Gerdd: Piscopo wasn't available? Really?

I heard he'd go to the opening of an envelope.

It was '84. SNL was still trying to make him a thing, and production was already going to be tricky enough working around J. Fox's Family Ties schedule. That he was able to shake out a good performance burning the candle at both ends is commendable.

Fox hadn't been cast then. He came in after production started, when it was clear Eric Stoltz wasn't working out.


Not working out? Did you watch "Mask?"
Dude put on 15 pounds of muscle just in his face.
 
2022-01-20 6:57:20 PM  

Combustion: John Lithgow would have been able to pull it off.


If I remember by BTTF trivia correctly, he was the one Bob Zemeckis really wanted except there was a scheduling conflict.

Although he would have been available at the time they started reshooting the entire movie with Michael J Fox, but by then, Christopher Lloyd was already crushing it in the role so there was zero call to replace him.
 
2022-01-20 6:57:32 PM  
Well in the reboot, none of them would qualify because they're males.
 
2022-01-20 7:00:27 PM  
I think part of the bottled lighting was
1: Christopher Lloyd
+
2: that specific moment in time
=
was a thing for the audiences of the day, that contributed to the lighting captured, that goes beyond the one film and performance.

1: last episode of taxi: 1893
2: Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock: 1984
3: back to the Future: 1985
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an of the moment POV for the audiences of the day to see all of this , all at once, from the one actor.

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that had some kind of influence on how audiences saw it and processed the character.
A wingman effect of some sorts where the one actor spanning the three performances, all well known, well received, and all in so short a time of each other, as to connect them together in audience's minds in a sum greater than parts way.

yammer yammer, yammer yammer.
 
2022-01-20 7:00:31 PM  

NateAsbestos: They didn't even CONSIDER Max Von Sydow. Robbed.


He more than made up for it by doing Strange Brew.
 
2022-01-20 7:00:48 PM  

Mugato: NateAsbestos: They didn't even CONSIDER Max Von Sydow. Robbed.

I don't think he could do the crazy manic thing as well.


Yeah, I agree. Was trying to think of a "serious" actor that'd be entirely wrong for that role, as a joke.

But in reality, Max ruled and there aren't many roles I'd dismiss him from immediately.
 
2022-01-20 7:02:22 PM  

PvtStash: last episode of taxi: 1893


i feel so old
 
2022-01-20 7:03:36 PM  

PvtStash: I think part of the bottled lighting was
1: Christopher Lloyd
+
2: that specific moment in time
=
was a thing for the audiences of the day, that contributed to the lighting captured, that goes beyond the one film and performance.

1: last episode of taxi: 1893
2: Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock: 1984
3: back to the Future: 1985
=
an of the moment POV for the audiences of the day to see all of this , all at once, from the one actor.

[preview.redd.it image 283x352][startrek.com image 427x177][miro.medium.com image 418x388]

that had some kind of influence on how audiences saw it and processed the character.
A wingman effect of some sorts where the one actor spanning the three performances, all well known, well received, and all in so short a time of each other, as to connect them together in audience's minds in a sum greater than parts way.

yammer yammer, yammer yammer.


Wow. My great grandmother was born the same year as the last episode of Taxi!?! I did not know the show was that old.
 
2022-01-20 7:03:40 PM  
Tim Curry. Missed oppor......tunity
 
2022-01-20 7:07:30 PM  

Foolkiller: [images.static-bluray.com image 232x352]

Mark Blankfield had a similar look. I had to look him though.


I was thinking he probably wouldn't have been too bad.  He did a lot of mad-scientist-kind-of-person-type roles, on the lower budget end, and had been on "Fridays" on TV sketch comedy.
 
2022-01-20 7:09:00 PM  

Foolkiller: [images.static-bluray.com image 232x352]

Mark Blankfield had a similar look. I had to look him though.


Counterpoint: The Jerk, Too. A made for TV sequel that was meant to be the pilot for a TV show.
Got it for free in a DVD double feature when I found "The Jerk" at a used movies store. Still feel ripped off.
 
2022-01-20 7:10:27 PM  
Gene Wilder?
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2022-01-20 7:12:07 PM  

NateAsbestos: PvtStash: last episode of taxi: 1893

i feel so old


There was that awkward period switching from hansom cabs to automobiles.  They had to have Latka move from veterinary work and farriering to auto mechanics.
 
2022-01-20 7:12:36 PM  
Glanced at the list, no Buscemi and no Clint Howard, no cares.
 
2022-01-20 7:13:22 PM  

Mugato: No other actor already had a starship that was used as a time machine.


But that starship going to the past happened in the future.

/It's all timey wimey
 
2022-01-20 7:13:55 PM  
I saw Kevin Conway listed and thought "But if he'd gotten it, we wouldn't have had him as Batman" and then I realized my error.
 
2022-01-20 7:16:22 PM  
William Shatner would have Shatnered it up all over the place. It might even have been funnier.
"Great ... Scott!"
 
2022-01-20 7:16:27 PM  

LazyPredator: Buscemi


I think he's only a few years older than Michael J Fox. And Doc Brown was a good tipper.
 
2022-01-20 7:18:33 PM  
Treat Williams? Fecal freak?

/Christopher Lloyd and Treat Williams started in the underrated movie, "Things to do in Denver When You're Dead".
 
2022-01-20 7:19:26 PM  

Thosw: I saw Kevin Conway listed and thought "But if he'd gotten it, we wouldn't have had him as Batman" and then I realized my error.


That's funny. When I saw Kevin Conway listed, I thought "are they just going down a list of all the actors from Taxi? Was Judd Hirsch considered for Doc Brown, too?" and then I realized MY error.
 
2022-01-20 7:23:23 PM  

Eravior: Me: Huh. Kind of would liked to have seen Eddie Murphy play a mad scientist.
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Me: Nevermind.


Between 1984 and 1989, there weren't many roles that didn't get offered to Eddie Murphy.
 
2022-01-20 7:28:38 PM  
I could see Richard Mulligan do a good job.
 
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