Plenty of theories about the “Back to the Future” film franchise remain firmly planted in the middle of doubt, but one nagging suspicion has finally been confirmed: Donald Trump served as inspiration for the bully Biff Tannen.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, “Back to the Future” franchise writer Bob Gale revealed that Tannen — who in the second installment graduates from small-town bully to wealthy megalomaniac — has a little bit of The Donald in him.
Asked whether he’s thought about the similarities between Trump and Tannen in the past few months — as Trump continues to make headlines with his presidential campaign — Gale replied, “We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding?”
Gale continued, “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.”
The revelation comes amid a wave of heightened interest in the “Future” films, as Wednesday — October 21, 2015 — was the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in “Back to the Future Part II,” which was released in 1989.
Plenty has been said recently about the predictive batting average of the films, though if the Biff/Trump analogy holds true, it could spell bad news for America if Trump wins the election: In the film, Tannen used his wealth and power to transform Hill Valley into a dystopian hellhole.