How did Marty and Doc became friends?

I found this on Twitter (thanks to anyone who retwitted it). I’ve had a Back To The Future marathon two weeks ago. I’ve seen the first movie maybe 10-11 times. I don’t think number 2 and 3 match up with number 1, but they are nonetheless entertaining and well done.

Back To The Future - How did Marty and Doc Became Friends

Anyway, here is how Marty and Doc became friends before the events described in the Back To The Future trilogy.

Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse — er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this…

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. when Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc.

And that’s the origin of their relationship.

This is how Bob Gale, co-creator and co-writer of the trilogy, puts it in an interview at I must admit I never asked myself about it, but it’s quite funny to see how movie and fictional characters has a sort of life of their own that goes far beyond the screen.

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