Here’s another reason for you to be excited about Seth MacFarlane’s forthcoming comedy western A Million Ways to Die in the West – it’s only going to feature a cameo by none other than DOC BROWN.
That’s right, there’s a reference to fellow western spoof Back to the Future Part III, and Christopher Lloyd himself will be reprising his role as the wacky scientist Dr. Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown.
If, like me, you spent your formative years watching Back to the Future repeatedly, then this is pretty big news.
Look away now if you don’t want to know any more about the Doc’s cameo… If you’re still here, then read on.
According to witnesses who attended CinemaCon, a convention of theatre owners that took place in Las Vegas recently, audiences were treated to an exclusive clip from A Million Ways to Die in the West.
In the clip, our hero Albert (played by MacFarlane) sees a strange blue light coming from a barn… He goes to investigate, and finds Doc trying to cover up the DeLorean with a tarp, just like he does in the third Back to the Future film in 1885.
(If I was being nitpicky, which I am, then I might suggest that Mr MacFarlane should have set A Million Ways to Die in the West in 1885, the year of BTTF III, instead of 1882…)
This is classic MacFarlane territory. After all, he did remake the original three Star Wars movies in his own image – with the characters from his animated TV show Family Guy playing the roles of Luke, Leia, Han, et al. Clearly nothing is off-limits to this guy.
Family Guy is awash with references to pop culture, taking a lot of its cues from The Simpsons, which paved the way. MacFarlane’s first film, the smash-hit Ted, featured an entire Flash Gordon sequence in which actor Sam Jones mercilessly sent himself up.
So set your flux capacitors for 30 May, when A Million Ways To Die In The West hits Cineworld.