As was widely circulated through and almost exhaustive series of memes on Back to the Future Day, October 21, 2015, Donald Trump bears a striking resemblance to the “future” version of main character Marty McFly’s (and, of course, his father’s) nemesis Biff Tannen. But did you know that this is what the writers were actually going for? In an interview with The Daily Beast, screenwriter Bob Gale confirmed that the violent, rather crazy, arrogant megalomaniac who uses his money to gain political power in “Back to the Future II.”
Gale says that, even when the movie was written, Trump was such a monumental douchebag that, when the character of Biff Tannen was written, they modeled him after Trump:
“We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding? 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.”
Of course, there’s also the similarity in looks, as this heavily circulated meme demonstrates:
In fact, the writers even thought of what a Trump presidency would look like. The Beast notes:
Of course, in the movie, Biff uses the profits from his 27-story casino (the Trump Plaza Hotel, completed in 1984, is 37 floors, by the way) to help shake up the Republican Party, before eventually assuming political power himself, helping transform Hill Valley, California, into a lawless, dystopian wasteland, where hooliganism reigns, dissent is quashed, and wherein Biff encourages every citizen to call him “America’s greatest living folk hero.”
“Yeah,” Gale said. “That’s what we were thinking about.” Trump’s “loser” signature insult is even similar to Tannen’s “butthead.”
The similarities, of course, have been readily apparent to The Internet for quite some time. Someone even put in the effort of inserting Trump into the movie:
Wednesday marked an important date for the world. It is the last day on which any part of the Back to the Future movie occurred…in the future. We haven’t perfected hoverboards. We only just figured out self-lacing sneakers. Cars don’t fly. But Gale says, at least, there is hope for our future. He may have gotten 2015 slight wrong, but Gale says 2045 will be very promising:
But here’s the beautiful thing about Bob Gale’s 2045: It’s just as optimistic as his imagined 2015. He thinks there’s going to be something he calls GoogleMD, for example.
“It’ll be able to do a whole bio-examination of you, compare it to the data that Google has on 400 million other people, and be able to say ‘You need to cut back on the ice cream,’” he says.
But the truly gorgeous part of his future is that it will take the ugly, broken, pubescent cultural quagmires of now, and it will make them transcendent, comfortable, or even empowering.
“Privacy is going away. We’re not gonna have it anymore,” he says.
How do you deal with that?
“You deal with it by not having any shame about the stupid stuff that you do. Because if that picture somebody took on Facebook of you being drunk, running down the street naked—if that gets out there— what are you gonna say?” he asks.
“You’re gonna say, ‘Welp, I was drunk. I took off my clothes. Haven’t you ever been there?’ So am I gonna be worried about that? No.”
“That’s what Bob Zemeckis and I believe: These movies are about personal responsibility. You need to be responsible for your own future, and if you do the right thing now, it’ll have positive results in the future,” Gale continued. “‘Your future is exactly what you make of it,’ as Doc Brown would say. I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘That bit of advice was really important for me to hear.’”
Others have noted a similarity between wild-haired geniuses Bernie Sanders and Doc Brown (or, as TIME calls him in a caption, “Doc Watson”). While we don’t have a side-by-side of Trump and his big screen doppelganger, Sanders took some time out of winning the hearts and minds of the people to — ah, who are we kidding? — win the hearts and minds of the people some more by posing with Christopher Lloyd:
While Trump is spreading a message of hate, Doc Brown showed up on YouTube with a message for our future — one that we should remember when considering skipping out on heading to the polls in 2016:
“Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.”
After all, we don’t want a President Tannen, do we? Watch the Doc’s message for humanity, below:
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