Earlier today, Cinematical’s Erik Davis put the fear of God into the Internet when — after learning that Zac Efron was obsessed with Back to the Future — he had the audacity to suggest that someone might someday offer Efron the part of Marty McFly.
Not going to happen. Audiences will accept remakes of even the most beloved horror flick, but if someone tried to remake and/or reboot Back to the Future, this country would go crowbars-across-America and chisel motherfucking California into the Pacific Ocean. Marty McFly is sacred — part of the holy trinity of movies that can never, ever be remade (along with It’s a Wonderful Life and The Apartment).
So, put those fears aside, folks. It’s not going to happen. But, Zac Efron has been in the news a lot lately. He appeared on “SNL” over the weekend; he’s up for a role in Jonny Quest; he recently backed out of a remake of Footloose, and he’s starring in the unofficial Life Father, Like Big remake this weekend. The knowledge that Efron could actually be considered, even hypothetically, as a new generation Marty McFly and the fact that he’s poised to be the next big acting superstar got me thinking. What remake would I really like to see Zac Efron appear in?
So, without further ado, here are the five roles I’d most love to see Zac Efron take:
5. Lawrence Dane’s Braedon Keller in Scanners
4. Drew Barrymore’s Casey Becker in Scream
3. Sam Jackson’s Russell Franklin in Deep Blue Sea
2. The Ox in Apocalypse Now (scene unavailable on YouTube)
1. Phil LaMarr’s Marvin in Pulp Fiction