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Why Marty and Doc Brown Hang Out

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Ever have one of those nagging fandom questions? You know, it’s not like the lack of an answer detracts from your enjoyment, but you’re just curious. It’s never addressed, and you’d like to know. Well, sometimes you and your friends just throw theories around and that’s the end of that. But sometimes you post those questions on the internet and the co-creator of Back to the Future shows up to give you a definitive answer.

This happened to mental_floss’ Jason English when he mused on how Marty McFly become good friend’s with the local crackpot in the first place, and we all benefit from the results.

Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse — er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this… For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. when Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc. And that’s the origin of their relationship.

Yup those are the words of Bob Gale, co-creator of Back to the Future. Now I just want to know what they’re going to do with the Universal Studios Back to the Future ride in 2015 when we catch up to the future date that the ride theoretically takes you to.

(via Mental_Floss.)

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