Christopher Lloyd: past, present, future
For more than 40 years, Christopher Lloyd has been entertaining audiences. His most famous role is Doctor Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy.
This Summer, Lloyd returns to his roots, performing in Our Town at the Weston Playhouse. Scott Fleishman sat down with the 79-year-old to talk about the past, the present and of course, the future.
Scott Fleishman: "What does it mean to be back here?"
Christopher Lloyd: "it's kind of like coming home in a way, because I've been coming here for so many years."
Christopher Lloyd is following in the footsteps of his older brother Sam, who performed at the Playhouse in the 1950's. In 1964, the brothers performed together in Shot in the Dark.
Christopher Lloyd: "I just love coming back here, because he left such wonderful memories here. I admire that and hope to live up to him."
Lloyd went on to play Sherlock Holmes in 1990 and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 2010.
Christopher Lloyd: "This community theater really thrives and it's a pleasure. It's a real privilege to be here and spend the Summer."
Scott Fleishman: "Are you surprised that the Back to the Future movies are so timeless?"
Christopher Lloyd: "Yes. I think we all are. So many people have seen it and so many people saw it when they were adolescents, really young and grew up, and then their children have seen it. So, it's multi-generational at this point. But, so many times people come up to me and say they chose to be surgeons, engineers, physicists, something of the sciences and they were inspired to make those career choices, because of seeing Back to the Future."
Lloyd was playing Doc Brown in a sketch on the Tonight Show in 2016, when he happened to have a chance encounter with Vermont Senator and then presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders."
Christopher Lloyd: "I was surprised to have a moment with him. I think in his mind he was going out in front of the audience, probably forming what he was going to say and do. I know he had a lot on his mind."
Scott Fleishman: "Do you have a favorite role?"
Christopher Lloyd: "Do I have a favorite roll? Well, I could say my favorite role is the one that I'm doing at the moment. What I really want is something I can get my teeth into, you know something that I say, yeah I understand what that character's about and I'm excited about the potential of bringing it to life. Whether it's comic or dramatic, my real thing is if there's something about this that excites me."
Scott Fleishman: "What are people going to expect when they come out here to the Weston Playhouse to watch this performance?"
Christopher Lloyd: "You think it's all about a little town in New England, very much like Weston. But, there's a lot of universal truths that come out wherever you are on the planet and it really delves into a lot of issues and feelings that we all have and it's a wonderful, wonderful play. I don't have any thought about retiring yet. I'm still able to do the thing I love to do and this is a wonderful place to do it."
Scott Fleishman: "What do you want your legacy to be as an Actor?"
Christopher Lloyd: "A lot of people could come up to me and say Back to the Future, and a lot of the other films I did, helped them get through tough times while growing up. It was something they went back to, to kind of keep their sanity in effect. It feels good to do something where that's really nourished and helped people get through through difficult times. I've done some work in theater and film that has meant a lot to a lot of people, and they like to talk about it and I'm happy to do so."
Christopher's brother, Sam Lloyd, moved to Weston in 1961 and served as a state legislator. He passed away in March of 2017 at the age of 91.
Chrisopher Lloyd is dedicating his performances this Summer to Sam.
There's one week left to catch Our Town. It runs through July 7th at the Weston Playhouse.