Back to the Futures Doc Brown: DeLorean Was Not Well

Christopher Lloyd has appeared in literally hundreds of films, television series and plays since his professional acting debut in the late Sixties. And while you may have loved him as Mr. Chauncey in Bad Girls from Valley High (2005), or Charlie Wilcox in Suburban Commando (1991, with co-star Hulk Hogan), he is probably best known for his delightful turn as mad scientist Emmett Doc Brown in the three Back to the Future films (1985, 1989, 1990). Lloyd has now reunited with BttF co-star Michael J. Fox, for a Toyota ad, Fueled by the Future, which is about turning trash into fuel, just like Doc did with his Mr. Fusion contraption in the movies. The ad was created to celebrate the on-sale date (California only) of Toyotas new, fang-faced hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Mirai. This date, Oct. 21, 2015, just happens to be the precise point in the titular future to which Lloyd and Fox go back in Back to the Future II, a movie as famous for its product placements as its impossible science. Related Stories   Entertainment 'The Assistant' Is a Movie for the #MeToo Era–But It Also Captures the Insults of Workplace Exploitation        Entertainment 'The Gentlemen' Is Not Nearly as Classy as Advertised     

 This branded feeding frenzy provided an opportunity to call Lloyd for an auto-centric conversation in which he discussed classic Porsches, shitty DeLoreans and filming in hot cars with smelly dogs. The Drive: Back to the Future II prognosticated that wed have some frivolous toys like hover boards and self-lacing shoes by now. In your opinion, whats really missing from our contemporary era? Christopher Lloyd: Clean energy. Were still over-reliant on fossil fuels. We need to get off of them some way. I feel that sources of clean energywind, solar, hydro, whateverthats something that we really need now, and into the future. The DeLorean is probably better respected for being featured in your Back to the Future films than it ever was as a performance automobile. Have you ever had the chance to drive an unmodified DeLorean? Ive driven the ones that they had on the set for Back to the Future. I mean, they were fun to drive. But the consensus among the stunt drivers and engineers that worked on the films was that it was not a well-made car. It was not engineered that well. There were too many days it would break down, that parts would have to be replaced. So it looked greatit was a perfect-looking car for Back to the Future because it was so futuristic. Streamlined and steely and all that. But it didnt operate that well, it didnt stand up well with stunt drivers. Do you collect cars? Im

not a collector. But I did have an original 1965 Porsche 356C. I wanted to get that car back then. I knew somebody who was very much into cars and kind of an engineer himself and he said, this is the car to get. I wanted a car to last me a long time, and it was apparently very durable and well made. So, I went out to order it at the dealer in 1965, a 356 C, and the salesman said theyd just stopped making them, like, a month before. He showed me the 911, going to the next model, and it just didnt appeal to me at all. I was very disappointed.  Get The Brief. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now.    Thank you! For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. A little while later, the dealer called to say that there was a 356C on the way over, on a boat. It had been ordered, but the customer had cancelled the order, and he wanted to know was I still interested. I jumped on it. And I had that car until about five or six years ago. I drove it I dont know how many thousands of miles. I mean, it was fabulous. And I sold it to a real collector. He had, like, an airplane hangar full of collectible cars. But that was my one romance with a car. 

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at made you get rid of it after all those years? It had got to the point where the steering assembly wasnt totally safe, or something. It would require a lot of bucks to make it safe again, and it just got 6hstcom to a level where it didnt make sense for me. So whats your regular daily driver

now? Land Rover. Very Hollywood. Nice choice. Dont tell the Toyota people. Were here! [Toyota PR people scream over speaker phone.] Give Christopher a Land Cruiser. Ill tell them Im about to exchange it. Whats the most unpleasant thing thats ever happened to you in a car? There was some sequence, I think its in Back to the Futu

re II, where Im in the car with Martys girlfriend, played by Elizabeth Shue, and were with Einstein the dog. And the windows had to be closed. And we were in the car quite a while on a hot day. And the dog stank. We were just trapped on that stage for several hours doing retake after retake with a smelly dog.  Spotlight Story  Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impact on His Game and the World Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, along with his daughter Gianna This article originally appeared on The Drive  Contact us at editors@time.com.

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