Screenwriter Confirms Back To The Future II‘s Biff Tannen Really Was Based On Donald Trump
We've mused on this a couple of times here on this site, and Chris Hardwick noticed it as well during his frenzied Back to the Future II conspiracy rant in his @Midnight opening on Tuesday night. But I don't think that most people believe that it's actually true.
But it is. Middle-aged Biff Tannen, the one who got rich from betting on sports through Grey's Sports Almanac in the movie, is indeed actually based on Donald Trump.
That's from the premiere source: Bob Gale, who co-wrote and produced the movie in 1988. The Daily Beast:
“We thought about it (the Donald Trump connection) when we made the movie! Are you kidding?” Gale said. “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.”
I've always made the connection between the garish Trump Plaza Hotel (completed in 1984) and Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise from the movie -- a 27-floor hotel casino.
Of course, in the movie, Biff uses the profits from his casino to help shake up the Republican Party, before eventually assuming political power himself, helping transform Hill Valley, California, into a lawless, dystopian wasteland, where hooliganism reigns, dissent is quashed, and wherein Biff encourages every citizen to call him, “America’s greatest living folk hero.”
“Yeah,” says Gale. “That’s what we were thinking about.”
So Biff = Trump ... even the hair is the right color.
Of course you realize that this all means that there's an alternate reality going on right now in which Trump has a car-detailing company and is waxing Crispin Glover's car. "Oh, I'm sorry Mr. McFly. I meant that I was about to start the second coat."
"Oh Donald, what a character."
Here's Hardwick's entire Back to the Future II conspiracy rant from @Midnight.
Here's the Trump part:
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