Big or small, sometimes performances can just stick. There’s a certain magic to them, an enthusiasm that can be hard to teach and a power tough to recreate. Recently, we learned that Elsa Raven, the actress in Back to the Future that pleaded with Marty McFly to “Save the clock tower!”, had died. Now, Michael J. Fox has shared a little story about how the franchise really meant something to her and to the fans.
Michael J. Fox needs no introduction, as the award-winning Hollywood star was the pivotal lead in Back to the Future. Yet he recently recalled how Elsa Raven's small, but crucial performance carried on for decades in the minds of fans everywhere and remained important to her throughout her life. Michael J. Fox told USA Today (opens in new tab) that she had an enthusiasm for the part long after making the movie:
It would be nigh-impossible for a Back to the Future fan to not hear Elsa Raven’s voice in their heads when reading those words about saving the clock tower. Not only was her part important to the story -- foreshadowing Marty McFly and Doc Brown using it as a way to propel their time machine into the future -- but her delivery made the line of dialogue so memorable.
Michael J. Fox expalined that her enthusiasm and love for the role echoed the culture of the film as a whole. Back to the Future carries on today because of its timeless story, characters, and performances. That meant something for Elsa Raven, and Fox later said:
Michael J. Fox isn’t the only Back to the Future alum to remember Elsa Raven. Iconic screenwriter Bob Gale also paid tribute to the actress, saying:
Along with talking about Elsa Raven, Michael J. Fox has also recently opened up about his time on the Back to the Future set. One of the most notable scenes he spoke about was the iconic prom sequence, which sees Marty McFly play "Johnny B. Goode." Like many of the franchises other major moments, it took some time to pull it off.
Back to the Future has so many memorable lines, jokes, scenes, and characters that there's almost too many to list. But other than Elsa Raven's memorable performance, what other small characters from the movie stood out for you? Let us know in the comments!
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