Fans of the 1989 movie “Back to the Future Part II” might have been disappointed this week with a reality that lacks hoverboards and a World Series title for the Chicago Cubs. Still, the film correctly forecast that fingerprint scanning, drones and video chats would be part of everyday life in 2015, and the latest revelation from the film's screenwriter may shock fans.
One of the main characters of the movie was based on a certain controversial presidential candidate who has been in the spotlight recently: Donald Trump. Bob Gale, the writer of the film, revealed that the future version of Biff Tannen, a blond, casino-owning narcissist, was based on Trump, the current GOP front-runner, Entertainment Weekly reported Thursday.
“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.”
In the movie, the main characters time-travel ahead to Oct. 21, 2015, which was Wednesday. In the 2015 version of reality dreamed up by the makers of the film, Biff uses profits from his casino to shake up the Republican Party and obtain political power himself. As a result, chaos ensues in Hill Valley, California, and Biff urges citizens to call him “America’s greatest living folk hero.” Sound vaguely familiar?
Real estate mogul Trump has been consistently leading in the GOP polls in the race to the 2016 presidency, and has trademarked his campaign slogan, “Make America great again.”
The likeness between Biff and Trump has been noted before; the Huffington Post published an article in July highlighting the similarities between the two, and two years ago, a Tumblr post also revealed the eerily similar resemblance.
“We wanted to portray an optimistic, enjoyable, fun future, where the characters are still a mess,” Gale said, the Daily Beast reported.