‘Back to the Future’s Biff Tannen Was Modeled on Donald Trump, Michael J. Fox Compares the Two

by Matthew Wilson

If only Michael J. Fox had a DeLorean. The “Back to the Future” star laments the fact that “Biff” became president, comparing Donald Trump to his rival in the series.

In an interview with the Guardian, Fox revealed his views of Trump and his presidency. In the film series, Biff Tannen acted as a rival and villain to Fox’s character Marty McFly and his father George. Biff was both violent and misogynistic throughout the trilogy of films. He often tried to bully the McFlys, often leading to Biff inadvertently falling into manure.

“Every worst instinct in mankind has been played on [by Trump], and for me, that’s just anathema. Biff is president!” Fox told The Guardian.

Donald Trump Was the Model for Biff

What many fans may not realize, the creators of the film actually modeled Biff after Trump. Or at least, an alternate future version of him. When Biff changes the future, he becomes a rich businessman in an alternate timeline.

“Some people wrongly believe that we predicted that Trump would be president,” Screenwriter Bob Gale said. “We could have never thought of that. In terms of a wealthy gambling magnate, sure Donald Trump was one of several of those types of guys that we thought about and modeled Biff after.”

“We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding?” Gale said to 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.”

Michael J. Fox Criticizes Trump

Fox took issue with Trump’s mocking of reporter Serge Kovaleski. The New York Times reporter has arthrogryposis, a condition causing joint contracture in his right arm and hand. During his 2016, Trump mocked the reporter’s disability.

“When you see your particular group mocked, it’s such a gut punch. It’s so senseless and cheap. There’s no way I get up in the morning and mock orange people,” Fox said. In 1991, doctors diagnosed Fox with Parkinson’s disease. Now in his 50s, Fox struggles with advanced symptoms of the disease.