This is why you should relish asking questions.
A boy named Sam, attending a Back to the Future reunion panel at Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo Friday night, lined up to ask actor Tom Wilson what it was like to play Biff Tannen in the trilogy. If he really wanted to know, Wilson told Sam, he’d have to come onstage.
“Get up here,” Wilson beckoned in a very Biff-esque way. Sam obliges … and once up there under the bright stage lights and the even-brighter gaze of thousands of spectators, Sam got to be on the receiving end of a scene in which Wilson repeatedly rapped him on the head while he asked, “Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Think McFly, think,” as he did to actors Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) and Crispin Glover (George McFly) in the films.
Wilson then declared Sam a professional actor, handed him what appeared to be a real Canadian $20 bill and ordered the kid to “get outta here.”
Actor Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines-McFly), clearly delighted, captured the whole thing on her phone.
It is an Expo experience Sam will surely not forget.
The DeLorean from Back to the Future, on display at the 2012 edition of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Three of the main cast members from the movie, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson, will be appearing at this year’s Expo, which runs Thursday, April 26, to Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Stampede Park in Calgary.
It was a short visit to Calgary Expo for me this year, with time for only one panel discussion. I picked one with Colm Meaney, known for his roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell on Wheels and a bevy of feature films. Here, he is speaking about the 2013 flood in Calgary, which affected Hell on Wheels’s production on the outskirts of the city. He said the flood washed away their set and displaced the cast and crew multiple times before they got to high-enough ground.