It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) first leaped into that plutonium-powered DeLorean and time-traveled back to 1955. But on this rainy October day in New York City, Fox and his Back to the Future costar Lea Thompson, who played Marty’s mother, Lorraine, act like no time has passed, warmly posing with each other alongside a replica of the iconic car. “Being with the car is great — it’s more fun being with Lea,” says Fox, 49, who will return to TV Nov. 9 in a guest spot on The Good Wife. “I just remember all these things with the car — smashing my head on the door, hitting my knee on the flux capacitor.”
Adds Thompson, “It’s a thrill for me because I didn’t actually get to shoot in the car. I kinda saw it in the background. I’m a little bitter! It’s great to see Michael. I can’t believe it’s been 25 years.” The 49-year-old actress, who co-stars in the upcoming film The Convincer with Greg Kinnear, joined her former big-screen son for an emotional chat about Back to the Future’s lasting appeal.
To see the conversation between Fox and Thompson — and why Fox got Thompson all choked up — watch the exclusive EW.com video below. And pick up our Reunions issue (on newsstands now) for chats and photos with the casts of The Lord of the Rings, Alias, The West Wing, Scream, Pretty in Pink, and more.