One of the odd problems people have with “Back to the Future III” is that Lea Thompson, who plays Lorraine Baines in 1955, also plays Maggie McFly, the woman married to Marty’s ancestor Seamus McFly.
While it makes sense for Michael J. Fox to play both Marty and Seamus, it’s a little strange for the same actress to play people not related to the McFlys. The reasoning the filmmakers went with was that it wasn’t too much of a stretch for the McFly men to all be attracted to women with similar features – something that is somewhat true to life.
Life Imitates Art
The sequels' 2015 brings us lots of odd predictions, many of which don't exactly come true. However, there are plenty of noteworthy guesses: it is currently possible to surf Vietnam, voice-activated electronics are becoming more and more commonplace, 3D movies made a big comeback, and video calls have become much more common, especially starting in 2020.
From widescreen TVs to the number of shows Marty Jr. is watching (how many tabs do you have open right now?), a lot of these seeming jokes by the production team have turned out to fit into our current lives.
Or Maybe it Doesn't
Of course, there are plenty of missed predictions. While the film did predict the internet – sort of – it predicted it based on the fax machine. That was true for a short time, but we've leaped past it now. It thought that Japan would have overtaken America in the Economy, and while Japan is a huge producer, it simply didn't happen.
While we have devices that will talk back to us, they have eschewed the robotic Stephen-Hawking-style voice. While Laserdisc is on the way out in the movie's 2015, most people under thirty have never even heard of it today.
Just Let Him Drink
The series has plenty of recurring gags, and one of the first that we see in each movie is Marty unable to finish his drink.
In all three films, he wanders into the local watering hole and gets a drink, be it a fifty-dollar Pepsi or a shot of whiskey. But every time he's about to bring the drink to his lips, the antagonist of the film – be it Biff, Biff's son, or Mad Dog Tannen – barges in and calls out his name. Marty is never able to wet his whistle, though in the case of the whiskey it's a good thing.
Plenty of accidents happen on set, but most of them are simple trips or flubs. In "Back to the Future Part III", however, something much worse almost happened. At one point Marty is dragged behind a horse and hanged.
Because Michael J. Fox wasn't standing on a box – his own choice in order to make it more realistic – after a few takes he got tired and couldn't get his hand under the noose in the right spot to keep his airway open. He actually passed out for a few seconds before the filmmakers noticed. He later recounted the incident in his autobiography "Lucky Man".