This fine Wednesday is a historic day, being the very date that the characters Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Chistopher Lloyd) in Back to the Future Part II visit in, well, the future. The beloved 1989 movie featured a 2015 with flying cars, hoverboards, the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, and really cool high-top sneakers that laced themselves. At least we've got the kicks now — Michael J. Fox debuted real Nike Mags on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night, proving that the real future can be pretty cool, even without flying cars (for now).
The show began with a fun bit where Fox and Lloyd reprised their characters from the movie and arrived on Kimmel's Brooklyn Academy of Music stage in the famous Delorean. Fox played himself during the interview, though, and walked out in the super cool Air Nike Mags sneakers, which existed in Back to the Future Part II's 2015— and now they exist in the real 2015, too. "They really do lace up on their own," he told Kimmel, confirming that for sneakers, the future is awesome. Fox has sported Nike Mags post-Back to the Future before — he once wore a 2011 model on The Late Show with David Letterman. But this new model, which is due out in 2016, he said are only available by auction to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
The interview was a fun opportunity for Fox to not only show off some rad kicks, but to look back at Back to the Future, the movie franchise that launched his career in the 80s. And it's trilogy of movies that people still ask Fox about. "I get all the questions about hoverboards and flying cars, but what they really got wrong was Marty's receding hairline," Fox jokes with Kimmel.
The actor recalled how the first Back to the Future movie, which was released in 1985, came onto his radar and he thought it was the best script he had ever read. "I was doing Teen Wolf and I thought my career was over," he said. But it was just beginning: After it didn't work with original star Eric Stoltz, Back To the Future cast Fox as McFly and he filmed the movie and 80s sitcom Family Ties simultaneously. In the real 2015, Fox is a beloved household name.
And the Future is now history.
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