Movie history “what if” scenarios can get pretty wild. Back To The Future’s legacy as one of the best sci-fi movies has proven that fact several times over, especially with the 1985 classic originally casting Eric Stolz to play Marty McFly. But now, another tangent timeline has been revealed, as there’s a story behind executive producer Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis offering the role of Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown to a pretty popular rock star. A star that then promptly turned them down, once he realized they were asking him to act.

Mark Mothersbaugh wearing his traditional Devo get up in the music video for Whip It.

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Steven Spielberg And Robert Zemeckis Offered Doc Brown To Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh

Devo frontman and film composer Mark Mothersbaugh admitted in an interview with The Wrap that he was approached to play the landmark time traveler in the 1980s. However, he didn’t anticipate that request when he was approached by the Hollywood power duo after a show. In fact, the first part of Mothersbaugh’s story led to him forming the following opinion: 

Zemeckis and Spielberg were in the audience. So we’re putting all of our stuff away at the end of the night, and I’m leaving. They walk up to me and say, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you about something. We have a film we’re working on, and we want to talk to you about working on it.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ I just remember, for two weeks, thinking, ‘They’re gonna hire me to score their film.’

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