07 Sep SoS Ep 85: Back To The Future Actor Tom Wilson Talks Biff Tannen, The Film’s Legacy
We welcome Back to the Future’s Tom Wilson to the show and debate who was the bigger bully: Biff Tannen or Johnny from Karate Kid!
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ABOUT OUR GUEST: Tom Wilson (Back To The Future)
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His breakthrough role was the bully Biff Tannen in the 1985 film Back to the Future. He returned in the sequels Back to the Future Part II and Part III to reprise not only his role as Biff, but also to play Biff’s grandson Griff Tannen and great-grandfather Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen. His famous catchphrases include: “Hello! Hello! Anybody home? Think, McFly, think!”, “What are you looking at, Butthead?”, “Say hi to your mom for me”, and “Why don’t you make like a tree; and get outta here”. In every Back to the Future film, he always ended up in a pile of manure (in reality, a pile of decayed sphagnum and other plant matters) when trying to kill or hurt Michael J. Fox‘s character Marty McFly. He reprised his role as Biff and voiced various Tannen relatives in the animated series. Wilson did not reprise his role as Biff in the initial versions of Telltale‘s Back to the Future: The Game released in 2011, being replaced by Kid Beyond. When the game was ported to the PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2015 in commemoration of the original film’s 30th anniversary, Wilson returned to provide Biff’s voice in these newer versions.
PLUS: We talk Geek University with Rob and Cali
If you could schedule your Geek courses what would they be?
Humanities – English Literature, Modern Languages, History, and Philosophy
Courses: Back To The Future, Bill & Ted Excellent Adventure, Goonies
Social Sciences – Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology
Courses: The Secret To My Success, Office Space, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones,
Creative Arts – Fine Art, Theatre, Speech, and Creative Writing
Courses: Clerks, Chasing Amy, Ghostbusters 2, Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Apocalypse Now
Sciences – Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Courses: Alien, Aliens, Terminator, Avatar, 2001 A Space Odyssey
Courses: Matrix, Dodgeball
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