Coldplay performed at MetLife Stadium over the weekend, and look who decided to stop by to bring some Back to the Future nostalgia to the masses. If you’re not a fan of Back to the Future or Michael J. Fox you’re an evil, awful human being, and that is an undisputable fact. Granted I once sat in a movie theatre for over 8 hours straight watching all three BTTF movies, but that’s besides the point. You show me a video of Michael J. Fox playing the guitar while Coldplay sings Johnny B. Goode and I will watch that video 1,000 out of 1,000 times.
Back to the Future day ended with one of their boldest predictions ending in misery (sorry Cubs fan), but it also featured Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reprising their legendary roles to stop by Jimmy Kimmel Live in a Delorean. Bubble vests were never and will never be in style, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Michael J. Fox. It was also nice to see Doc Brown and his crazy hair back on any kind of television of movie screen. While it was great to see both of them, I’m sure we’ll see them again soon once another future prediction is close to coming true.
If there’s a franchise that deserves it’s own day and has really stood the test of time, it’s the Back To The Future franchise. I’m admittedly biased because the original is one of my favorite movies ever, but Back To The Future is as great now as it was back then, and it’s even making it’s way into post season baseball talk because of its bold (and almost shockingly accurate) Cubs prediction. I wasn’t alive when the first one came out so I didn’t get to experience it until years later, but you don’t really appreciate the creativity and ambition of movies like this until you’re older. A few years ago a few friends and I went to see the trilogies back to back to back on the big screen and it was so good and so cool to see it the way it was meant to be seen. Enjoy Back to the Future day, and if you’re not capping it off by watching at least one of the movies tonight, you’re doing it wrong.
A few buddies and I were at the bar last night and in between rounds of trivia we decided to look up which celebrities shared the same birthdays as us. Needless to say my triple threat blew people away. I had strangers coming up to me wanting my autograph. The waitress picked up my tab. This kind of makes me a famous person right? When you share such an important day with three icons of the silver and movie screens, a little bit of that magic rubs off on you. Johnny Depp is a stud. A perfect mix of a franchise guy and a risk taker, and one goddamn beautiful man. Natalie Portman is a fox, and one pretty talented actress. Even if I stop here, I feel pretty confident that I have most people beat in the fictional celebrity birthday competition. But my foot is on the gas and I’m cruising down the freeway, so it’s only right that the the world’s greatest human being was also born on June 9th: Michael J. Marty McFly Fox. Enormous child star and centerpiece of the greatest franchise in movie history. You think Parkinson’s is going to slow him down? He spits in Parkinson’s face and makes it say his name. Now he’s back to his roots with the Michael J. Fox Show, premiering in September. I always knew June 9th was a great day, but this just reinforces the fact that I have the best birthday ever. Anyone care to debate? Lay your top three on me, but be forewarned, I got Dick Vitale and Tedy Bruschi in my back pocket.
I’d say the answer in unequivocally yes, but I’m not sure what he does is considered walking anymore…poor taste, I’ll pay for that some day soon don’t worry. But seriously, everytime I see this guy in the news I tremble with excitement. Damnit…Alright that one was unintentional.
So recently, Mr. Fox was given a cupcake arrangement the shape of the Stanley cup. And each cupcake has the logo of a different NHL playoff team. Michael has been tweeting pictures of himself eating the cupcakes of each team as that team get eliminated. Of course he’s accompanying them with a short one liner. Here’s the link for the bleacher report article on it.
As for this article I want to really talk about how great Mr. Fox is. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the middle of a great career, he has really stayed relevant throughout the years. Of course it’s not about staying noticed, or staying in the public eye. The inspiration comes from his refusal to let his affliction define him, instead he has redefined what it means to live with Parkinson’s today. His charitable work to raise money for Parkinson’s research is unparalleled, but for me the amazing thing is his ability to laugh at himself. Mr. Fox shows us it’s okay to laugh at life’s lowest moments because it means you haven’t lost. If you keep fighting you can never lose.
Nothing shows Michael J. Fox’s spirit more than these hilarious clips from Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Oh and his short feud with Taylor Swift when he said he would never let his son date her was such a clairvoyant power move. He knew Swift was no good before the rest of us. Thanks for the heads up, Mike!