You may know Eric Stoltz as Vincent Vega's robed drugdealer from Pulp Fiction.
At least that's what the producing team of 'Back to the Future' thought. Stoltz was cast in the iconic Marty McFly role, and the movie was filmed with him for 5 weeks before he was canned for Michael J. Fox. Ouch. Talk about a shaky start for a movie. I can just imagine how that conversation went:
Producers: Eric, we need to talk
Stoltz: Sure guys, what's up?
Producers: Look Eric, it's not working out. The footage we've filmed with you has been... awful, just awful.
Stoltz: Come on guys, I think it's pretty good. We could always...
Producers: Enough, we're bringing in the kid from Family Ties.
Stoltz: Michael J. Fox, are you kidding me?? That jittery midget? This is just unbelievable.
Producers: Good luck in all your future endeavors.
Stoltz: [walks away slowly with head down as "Christmas Tme is Here" from Charlie Brown plays in the background]
I think it'd be a little hard to recover from that one after the movie became a runaway success. Anyway, in a cruel marketing move, the producers have twisted the knife by including Stoltz footage on the 25th anniversary release of 'Back to the Future' Blu-Ray. Check out the video from THR: