Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The Hoverboard Rumor
Some of you may have heard of this before, and if you have, please chime in. Thanks to the internet, I was able to do some research and realize I am not the only gullible nerd on this planet.
The year : 1989.
The location : Television.
A young, innocent me was lying on the carpeted floor of my parents' living room, eyes glued to the miracle box that makes the pictures move. I was watching the first "making-of" program I'd ever seen, and it was about the movie magic being created for the upcoming Back to the Future sequel. I was blown away with excitement for the movie because I was (still am) a HUGE fan of the original, and the trailer looked amazing. Then the bomb was dropped.
Director Robert Zemeckis (on left) with Award winning actor, Roger Rabbit
The director, the guy who made the Original, who wrote the script, Robert Zemeckis, said the hoverboard sequence was fun to shoot because it was..... REAL.
I had to change my Osh Kosh B'Gosh overalls when I heard that. "By the power of Grayskull...did he say what I thought he just said?" Then they showed shots from the movie of Marty McFly hovering around on a skateboard with no wheels...looking AWESOME!!!
I was 10 at the time and my brain had 2 thoughts. 1.Candy and 2.How can I be awesome. I needed a Hoverboard and I needed it NOW!
I ran into the other room and screamed at my parents.
Me: I want a hoverboard! I want a hoverboard!
My Dad (still reading his car magazine): Put it on your Christmas list.
And I did. It was number 2 on the list behind 1. Candy. I'm serious.
It wasn't until after Christmas, after months of doing nothing but wishing for a Hoverboard, that my Dad sat me down and gently explained that Hoverboards aren't real. "But I saw the guy on TV...he said...he said it was real! It had MATTEL printed on the bottom!" My Dad spent more time on this talk about Hoverboards not being real than he did telling me about the birds and the bees. Which I still have questions about.
Anyway, Fast forward back to the Future to a few days ago. I FOUND THE INTERVIEW. Thank you, World Wide Waste of time, now this can finally be put to rest in my head. And it turns out I'm not the only one who believed it. Lots of kids were sucker-punched with this bold face lie from Director Robert Zemeckis. But I don't hold it against him. If I were in the position to lie to a world of kids/fans and make them believe something stupid and feel like an ass about it later...I 'd probably do the same thing.