It’s Back to the Future Day! See How Lea Thompson Looks in the Real 2015
Back to the Future fans, Lea Thompson is about to take you on a delightful time-warp mind-trip. Today, October 21, 2015, is a basically a holiday for kids who grew up in the ’80s: It’s the official date that Marty McFly (a.k.a. Michael J. Fox) travels ahead to in the second film in the franchise. And since Thompson was out promoting the anniversary this week, we now have a very clear chance to take a look back to all the ages she played in the first two movies (in the first one she’s 47 in 1985 and 17 in the past, and then in the sequel, which flashes forward to today, she’s 77) and see how accurate the movie makeup artists were with her. The verdict: Thompson has aged much more gracefully than anyone should be rightfully allowed to.
These days, Thompson is co-starring with her daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch in the upcoming film The Year of Spectacular Men, which she also directed, and, well, looking fantastic while doing all of it. And, to be fair, she was never shown at the age she is today in the movies—at 54, she’s seven years older than her character, Lorraine, was in the “present day” back in the ’80s. But regardless she’s less puffy, less droopy, less permed, and all around more Lea Thompson-y than she was at any point in the future timeline. She’s still the girl we want to be at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Oh, and she still has the dress!
At age 47 in the second movie (in the alternate timeline in which she married Biff, the arch nemesis of Marty’s father, George):
At fictional age 77:
Now at 54:
That isn’t to say that the makeup artists didn’t go a good job—you can see a clip of them applying her impressive prosthetics here. At the time the films came out, you could really say nothing against the movies. They were art on the level of the Mona Lisa. If we had a Flux Capacitor and a DeLorean, we could take you all back in time and show you young’uns. But since Doc Brown hasn’t made that happen yet, you’ll have to take our word for it.
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