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Back To The Future’s Biff Is One Of Cinema’s Iconic Villains, But Thomas F. Wilson Revealed Why He Didn’t Want To Play Him Initially



Nearly 40 years after Back to the Future first hit theaters, the film and its sequels are still considered among the best sci-fi movies of all time. The trilogy just possesses so many great quotes and scenes that stand the test of time. Not only that, but the cast’s performances are just endlessly entertaining and fun to rewatch. Among the ensemble, Thomas F. Wilson, of course, has gone down in history as playing one of the most iconic villains ever — Biff Tannen. Interestingly though, as the actor has now shared, he initially wasn’t attracted to playing a big bully. 

Back to the Future has some all-time great scenes that feature the geek-beating bully (especially those moments in the first film between Biff and George McFly). When Thomas F. Wilson first became aware of the role, he thought there needed to be some changes made to what was on the page. In his words: 

‘I’m gonna kick your ass.’ It had to be my approach. It had to be. I don’t even like to say ‘ass,’ I say ‘a double scribble.’ The role was for a bully. I’d never played a bully before. I didn’t want to play the role of a bully. I’ve been pushed around by bullies my whole life.



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