'Back to the Future' Writer: Movie's Villain Was Based on Donald Trump
The writer of Back to the Future's first sequel has made a timely revelation: its villain was based on Donald Trump.
As the world celebrated the real-life dawning of the film's futuristic setting on Wednesday--October 15, 2015 according to the famous DeLorean time machine--writer Bob Gale revealed the film's fair-haired, casino mogul villain was, indeed, based on a certain modern-day presidential candidate.
'Yeah,' Gale told The Daily Beast. “That’s what we were thinking about.”
In the film, Biff Tannen goes back in time to help his future self become rich. That future self has some undeniable resemblances to the Republican frontrunner, aside from the questionable choice of hairstyle.
The most notable of the parallels may be Biff's penchant for opulence. The on-screen mogul's casino-style home is drenched in gold, plush carpets and garish chandeliers.
Trump, likewise, has a not-so-secret love for things that glitter. And while he doesn't live in Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal, Trump has made gold trim and gilded detail a signature of his many properties.
What's more, Biff used his money to help catapult him to public office in the fictional Hill Valley, California--not unlike what's going on in 2015 as billionaire Trump attempts to use his success and fame to help him climb to the highest office in the land.
Gale also pointed out:
“You watch Part II again and there’s a scene where Marty confronts Biff in his office and there’s a huge portrait of Biff on the wall behind Biff, and there’s one moment where Biff kind of stands up and he takes exactly the same pose as the portrait? Yeah.”
Gale and director Robert Zemeckis have proven themselves prophetic about everything from handheld video games to IMAX theaters.
However, in the film, Trump's doppelganger managed to make 2015 a dystopian disaster. As of the long-awaited Back to the Future Day, it remains to be seen how a future with President Trump might pan out.