Back to the Future writer confirmed that the character of Biff Tannen, the trilogy’s villain, was based on Donald Trump. In the second film, which was celebrated last year as part of Back to the Future day, Biff becomes a successful businessman who owns a huge casino and uses his money to influence the politics. In the movie, Biff used the profits from his 27-story casino (prototype of the 37-story Trump Plaza Hotel, completed in 1984) to help shake up the Republican Party and finally assume political power himself. Biff encourages every citizen of his home town to call him “America’s greatest living folk hero.” Remind of someone?
The writer of the movie said they thought about it when they made the movie. If you watch the second movie again, you find a scene where Marty meets Biff in his office and there’s a huge portrait of Biff on the wall behind him. There is also moment where Tannen stands up and takes exactly the same pose as the portrait.
As you may remember, Biff’s political sway in the movie leads to difficult times for the US people, turning Marty’s home town into a place filled with crime and corruption. However, the movie also predicted 2015 filled with hoverboards, self-tying laces and exhausted shark-thriller franchises. Back to the Future producers admitted they wanted to portray an optimistic, enjoyable, fun future, where the characters were still a mess.