Well, that explains a lot. ‘Back to the Future II’ writer Bob Gale has confirmed what we’ve all been thinking — Biff Tannen was inspired by Donald Trump himself. When you think about it, they’re pretty much twins.
We knew he looked like someone! Biff Tannen’s the big bad in Back to the Future II, and he was actually based off Donald Trump, 69! Writer Bob Gale confirmed future evil Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) was based off the Donald. Now life suddenly makes sense!
“We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding?” he told The Daily Beast. “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.”
In the sequel, Biff steals Marty’s time machine and travels back in time to make sure he’s super successful when he returns to the year 1985. He preaches that he’s “America’s greatest living folk hero,” which sounds a lot like Donald’s vow that he wants to “make America great again.”
Biff’s also incredibly rich and got that awful combover that is Donald’s signature look. Oh, and he likes to get married. Sound familiar? In the movie, Biff transforms Hill Valley into a turbulent dystopia and forces Marty’s mother to marry him. He becomes an oil tycoon and uses his profits to manipulate the Republican Party. Hopefully this is not foreshadowing of any kind.
Thankfully, in the Back to the Future II, Doc and Marty manage to defeat Biff. The movie was right about a lot of things in regards to the future — 3D movies, self-lacing Nikes and fingerprint technology — so it’s safe to say that the movie may have sort of predicted Donald’s downfall in the presidential election.
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised that Biff is based off of Donald? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson