Did Marty McFly Originally Travel to “The Summer of Love” in Back to the Future Part II?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Back to the Future Part II originally traveled to 1967.

As I wrote in an old Movie Legend, the original screenwriters of Back to the Future, Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis, never intended for the original film to have a sequel. In fact, Bob Gale gave an interesting interview where he discussed how they never would have ended the first film the way that they did if they intended on actually having a sequel. He noted:

Bob [Robert Zemeckis] has said many times before, if we knew we were going to make a part two, we would’ve never put Jennifer in the car at the end. When it came time for us to write part two, we didn’t know what we were gonna do with Jennifer. She wasn’t a very well-defined character, so we had no idea what to do with her. So, what do we do? Well, she’s sub-conscious for most of the film. [laughs]

By the time that the film was released on to VHS at the end of 1986, however, they had made a deal to put out a sequel to the film. Zemeckis at that point, though, was hard at work on the film that would eventually become Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, so he was not involved with the first crack at the screenplay for the sequel, which was at that time just referred to as “Number Two.” Gale’s first draft of the screenplay is pretty much the basic structure of the second film – Marty, Doc and Jennifer to 2015 (although it was October 7, 2015), Biff steals the Sports Almanac and goes back into the past to give it to his younger self, this creates an alternate 1985 and then Marty must go back to the past to stop Biff from giving the book to his younger self.

However, there was a major difference between the original draft and what was eventually made – Marty goes back to 1967!
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Why Did G.I. Joe Have a Scar on his Face?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false.

TOY URBAN LEGEND: The original G.I. Joe had a scar on his face so that Hasbro could trademark the figure’s design.

In 1964, Hasbro launched their G.I. Joe: America’s Movable Fighting Man, the first poseable doll targeted specifically to boys as an “action figure.”

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The toy was a smash success and is still being produced to this day, albeit in a different form.

An interesting facet of the toy is that “Joe” had a scar on his face? What was the somewhat surprisingly practical reason for it being there?
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Did Gram Parsons Write “Wild Horses”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Gram Parson wrote “Wild Horses.”

Legendary country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons passed away in 1973 at the far too young age of 26. Parsons was a member of both the Byrds and his own band, the Flying Burrito Brothers. In 1970, he released the song “Wild Horses” one year before the Rolling Stones released the song…

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Parsons and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stone became close friends after meeting in 1968…

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Over the years, the legend has been that Parsons actually wrote “Wild Horses,” not Richards and Mick Jagger. Is that true?
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Which 1980s Teen Stars Had to Turn Down Breaking Bad Before Bryan Cranston Had His Shot?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Bryan Cranston only got the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad after two other movie actors turned the role down.

Something that keeps coming up in Legends Revealed is the surprising amount of obstacles that were in the way of many famous actors getting their iconic roles, from Pierce Brosnan as Remington Steele to Harrison Ford as Han Solo to Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, it sometimes seems like it is a minor miracle that anyone gets cast at all!

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Similarly, many things had to go right for Bryan Cranston to be cast as Walter White on the hit series Breaking Bad, including two famous 1980s film actors both turning the role down before executives would even consider Cranston!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #560

Welcome to the five hundred and sixtieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, did Wolverine originally defeat Spider-Man in the Spider-Man vs. Wolverine series, before the story was edited by Marvel’s higher-ups? Did some of Joe Madureira’s last issue of Uncanny X-Men have to be re-drawn because the original pages were lost by FedEx? Finally, find out which Alpha Flight members almost lost their lives to a super-serial killer!

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

Click here to read this week’s legends.

How Did Crispin Glover and Back to the Future II Change Actors’ Rights Forever?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Crispin Glover sued the studio that produced Back to the Future II and the lawsuit led to a change in actors’ rights forever.

Crispin Glover was one of the co-stars of the 1985 hit film, Back to the Future.

He played George McFly, the father of Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly, who Marty meets in 1955 when Marty accidentally travels to the past from 1985 (and then proceeds to try to get…back to the future. Check out this past Movie Legend to see the bizarre way that Marty originally used to return to the future).

The movie was such a success that they decided to make a sequel (heck, they decided to make TWO sequels! They filmed them in a row to save money). Glover, however, was not happy with the amount of money that they were offering him to appear in the second film, so he ultimately decided not to do the film (as you might imagine, Glover and the film’s producers both have differing ideas on who was being unreasonable over the financial terms of Glover’s participation in the sequel).

This led to some interesting shenanigans that ultimately ended up with actors’ rights being changed forever!
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Did Axl Rose Having Sex With a Bandmate’s Girlfriend Make It on to the Song, “Rocket Queen”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The Guns N’ Roses’ song, “Rocket Queen,” has the sound of Axl Rose having sex with the girlfriend of one of his bandmates on it.

A few years back, we had a discussion on the site about legends involving strange sounds being captured on songs, and commenter machine wrote, “I don’t know of recorded murders in music, but I know that GnR recorded sex. In “Rocket Queen” you clearly hear moaning and groaning. It was Axl Rose banging Steven Adler’s GF in the studio.”

Is that true?
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Did Bruce Willis Guest Star on Friends Because He Lost a Bet to Matthew Perry?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Bruce Willis guest-starred on Friends because he lost a bet to Matthew Perry during the filming of The Whole Nine Yards.

During the sixth season of the TV series Friends, movie star Bruce Willis guest-starred in three episodes as Paul Stevens, the father to Ross’s girlfriend, Elizabeth (as we detailed in a recent TV Legends Revealed, Elizabeth was originally going to play a major role on the series). Paul not so surprisingly has a problem with his college-aged daughter dating her former professor. However, Paul also finds himself enamored with Ross’ friend (and ex-girlfriend) Rachel, and he finds himself having to make nice with Ross if he wants to have a chance of dating Rachel. In the second of the three episodes Willis appears in, he has a memorable scene where he pumps himself up in the mirror before a date with Rachel, telling himself “You’re a neat guy. You’re a love machine.”

Willis eventually won a Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Emmy Award for his performance as Paul. However, over the years, there has been an interesting rumor over just how Friends was able to get such a major movie star to guest-star on the series. Brad Pitt also guest-starred on the show, but he was married to Friends cast member Jennifer Aniston at the time. So how did they nab Willis? Was it seriously due to a bet he made with Matthew Perry, his co-star on the film The Whole Nine Yards? Read on to find out!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #559

Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, who was the mysterious X-Man known as Joseph supposed to be originally – Magneto, a clone of Magneto, Proteus or something else entirely? How did The Walking Dead start with a whopper of a lie? And more fun with cartoons and Nazis!

Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to access it to update it in a while).

Click here to read this week’s legends.

Did Heath Ledger’s Tragic Death Ruin Plans for the Joker to Appear in The Dark Knight Rises?

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: The Joker was going to appear in The Dark Knight Rises before Heath Ledger’s tragic death squelched those plans.

Heath Ledger’s Academy Award-winning performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight highlights the fallacy of overreacting to casting news before the film debuts, as Ledger’s casting drew a lot of criticism that was soon reversed when the actual film came out.

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Tragically, before the film was even released, Ledger passed away, leading to his Oscar win being a posthumous one. The character of the Joker died with Ledger, at least in the context of Christopher Nolan’s Bat-films. However, had Ledger not died, was Nolan planning on using the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, his final Batman film?

Read on to find out!
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