So yesterday I found out that Michael J. Fox wasn’t the first to be casted (let alone filmed) as the infamous Marty McFly in the greatest time travel film to spill forth from the 1980’s. Now I hear that the ‘resizable jacket’ from the second film is up for auction! I guess it’s time to sell off everything that I own.
[Profiles In History] (Universal, 1989) This is the one and only screen-used “resizing” jacket from Back to the Future II worn by Michael J. Fox. When Doc Brown and Marty arrive in the year 2015, Doc asks Marty to put on clothes similar to Marty Jr. To help him pass for a contemporary teenager, Doc Brown gives Marty the latest in high-tech outerwear. The item that Marty puts on after the self-lacing Nike shoes is this resizing future jacket. There was only one resizing jacket made for the movie. Both sleeves are long and both pockets have long flaps. Inside the jacket are several cables hooked up to the sleeve cuffs, elbows, epaulettes, pockets, etc. During filming, there were several stage hands laying on the ground under Michael J. Fox holding the various cables. When Doc Brown comes over and presses the flashing button on the front of the jacket, these stage hands simultaneously pulled on the cables which made all of the parts of the jacket shrink to fit (see the black and white picture). All the cables, wires and even the flashing light button are still attached. One of the rarest and most sought-after props from one of the most iconic Sci-Fi movies ever made. Comes with a custom plexiglass display case.