Michael J. Fox On Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Back To The Future’ Cameo Leads To Actor’s Introduction Of Self-Lacing Sneakers

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd crashed the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday to celebrate a big day for fans of the classic 1989 film Back to the Future II.

During Kimmel’s monologue Wednesday night, in which he was explaining Back to the Future Day to the audience, Fox and Lloyd (in full costume) rolled on to the New York set in the well-known DeLorean time machine.

For those who don’t know, October 21, 2015, is known as Back to the Future Day because it was the exact date plugged into Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) time machine when the pair traveled into the future to save Marty’s children in the classic film, Us Magazine reports.


Upon arriving, disappointment quickly set in for the time-traveling pair, when they realized the future was not all they’d hoped. There were no flying cars or hoverboards floating around.

“What have you guys been doing for 30 years… It seems like 2015 kind of sucks,” Fox commented as Kimmel explained the conception of the “cronut.”

A third surprise guest was revealed when rock star Huey Lewis stood up with a megaphone and, similar to his performance in the first Back to the Future film, told the trio on stage that they were “just too darn loud.”

As the trio continued, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd did get excited about a few things, namely smartphones, selfies, and the Cubs making the playoffs. And there were lots of laughs as Kimmel avoided questions about the Grinder app and explained how people now watch television on their toilets. Ultimately, however, Doc Brown was not impressed and decided that this could not be the real future.

“I believe we may have inadvertently traveled into an alternate 2015 where human evolution has been stopped by superfluous technology,” he said.

Doc Brown then decides to leave Marty behind and go back into the past so that he could repair the future.

Michael J. Fox unveiled his new 2015 Nike Air Mags in he interview that followed. The sneakers were gifted to him by Nike earlier that day. The Back To The Future actor is the only person in the world to own these self-lacing sneakers.

According to Gizmodo, the original Nike Air Mag was released back in 2011, but, unlike the shoes that Fox wore in the film, these did not have power laces. Nike promised then that the power laces were coming in 2015, and they delivered on that promise. After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox shared Nike’s gift with his followers with an Instagram video, where the actor can be seen trying on the shoes for the first time.


Michael J. Fox received a hand-written letter along with his Nike Air Mags from Nike’s Tinker Hatfield, the man who designed the original concept shoes for the film and who also designed the real thing for Nike.

The new self-lacing Nike Air Mags are set to become available next year, but in limited quantities through an auction in which all proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

According to MichaelJFox.org, Fox, who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991, just two years after Back to the Future II was released, has developed a foundation that has funded the largest amount of Parkinson’s drug development in the entire world. Hatfield says that Nike’s goal is to combine efforts to see that the disease is eliminated.

“In addition to your personal pair, we’re creating more pairs for support in aid of the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2016. We hope that the combined effort will raise even more than the $9.4 million collected in 2011 and contribute in some way to eliminating Parkinson’s disease IN OUR LIFETIME!”

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