Why Crispin Glover Had A Serious Problem With Back To The Future's Ending

Just in case you have been sleeping under a DeLorean, I’ll remind you that today is an unofficial

[[ ah ref http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Back-Future-Conspiracy-Theory-Connects-Trilogy-Sept-11-Attacks-89087.html ]] Back to the Future day, giving fans around the globe a chance to celebrate the deliciously twisty time-travel trilogy because, in Back to the Future Part 2, this is the day Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) must travel to in order to "fix" Marty and Jennifer’s children. It has been an excuse for the original stars to reunite and share stories about the things they loved about working on the series… and a few things they disliked.

Crispin Glover, for example, hasn’t masked his issues with Back to the Future over the years. The original George McFly decided to take his damn hands off of the role for parts 2 and 3, explaining back in 2013 that it was an argument over the initial movie that led to him skipping the sequels. Now, Glover’s co-star, Lea Thompson, explains in a little more detail the issue that Glover had with the ending of Back to the Future, telling THR:

[Crispin] was like, 'What, we're so much better because we're now richer and we play tennis?' And that wasn't really the point. The point was that we were a fully functioning family, but he had trouble creating that character.

As you no doubt will recall, standing up to Biff put George McFly on a different life path, so when Marty returns to his present time, his father’s no longer a mousy corporate dweeb. He’s now a published author who’s brimming with confidence. And Crispin Glover clashed with director Robert Zemeckis because he believed that sent the wrong message to the audience.

Lea Thompson’s quotes back up Glover’s own telling of his issues. As a guest on the Opie and Anthony show, Glover said that he argued with Zemeckis about this ending, saying:

It had to do with money, and what those people – the characters – were doing with money. I said to Robert Zemeckis, I thought it was not a good idea for our characters to have monetary reward. Because it basically makes the moral of the film be that money equals happiness. … By having the son character cheer by having a truck in the garage -- what I was arguing for was that the characters should be in love, and that the love should be the reward. And Zemeckis got really mad at me when I said this.

The longer interview is worth a listen, especially on a day like today.

Did you have the same issues with BTTF’s ending? Did you even think about this? Or do you think Crispin Glover is making a mountain out of a mole hill? Weigh in below!

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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.