The memorable Back to the Future antagonist Biff Tannen is making headlines amid the trilogy’s groundbreaking October 21, 2015, milestone. For those who missed it or haven’t seen the classic films, Marty McFly travels to the futuristic version of the fictitious city Hill Valley on October 21, 2015. Well, based on our calendars, the day predicted in the 1989 film, Back to the Future: Part II, came to pass on yesterday. Not only did the science-fiction trilogy begin trending again, but its writers also opted to revisit the famous script, revealing a number of unknown details about the films.
According to the Daily Caller, film writer Bob Gale has confirmed that the alternative future version of Biff Tannen, portrayed by Thomas F. Wilson, was actually inspired by Donald Trump. In the film, Gale, along with Robert Zemeckis and Neil Canton, actually predicted wall-mounted televisions, self-checkouts in stores, and iMAX theaters. But, based on the presidential race, it appears they’ve inadvertently predicted something else — the reign of Donald Trump.
By now, many Americans are well-aware of the boisterous, outspoken real estate mogul’s presence in the presidential race. Although many Americans initially thought his celebrity status would prohibit him from advancing in the race, the Republican presidential candidate is actually making quite a name for himself. In the alternative future, the all-powerful, domineering Biff Tannen monopolizes all of Hill Valley as a wealthy real estate mogul and the owner of the fictitious Pleasure Paradise casino and resort. So, are you seeing the connection between Trump and the film? According to Gale, Trump was exactly who they had in mind when creating the alternative Biff Tannen, reports Hollywood Life.
The evidence for the Trump Is Biff Tannen Theory continues to mount. pic.twitter.com/1fV3D28nQK
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) October 22, 2015
“We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding?” Gale told the Daily Beast. “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.”
“We wanted to portray an optimistic, enjoyable, fun future, where the characters are still a mess.”
Another dead giveaway was Biff’s striking resemblance. From his distinctive sideburns to the signature Donald Trump hairstyle, Biff Tannen definitely fit the bill for a Trump look-alike. However, at the end of the film, Doc and Marty ultimately defeat Biff, recover the almanac, and right all the wrongs in their chaotic world. So, is the 1989 defeat of Biff Tannen an indicator of how the upcoming presidential election will turn out?
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) October 21, 2015
At this point, it doesn’t look that way. According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump still maintains the lead in the GOP presidential race. Over the past month, Trump has maintained a steady lead, with approximately 32 percent of Republican and GOP-supporting voters, down one percent from September.
His performance in the second Republican debate recently held in California is said to have contributed to the slight decline in his support. Based on the current poll standings, Trump definitely has a substantial chance of becoming a leading contender in the race for the White House, which is a far cry from the fate of Biff Tannen. Although the film was fictional, it was definitely quite accurate with a number of predictions. So, only time will tell how the presidential election turns out.
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