So close, Michael J. Fox, so close.
On the heels of the Chicago Cubs’ triumphant World Series win against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, Fox, 55, took to Twitter to offer his congratulations to the team in the best way he knew how — with a Back to the Future Part II reference.
In the film, which was released in 1989 but set in 2015, the Chicago Cubs break their more than century-long World Series drought by defeating the fictional Miami Gators. Fox, who played the film’s iconic main character, Marty McFly, couldn’t help but point out the near-perfect prediction.
“Only off by a year, not bad. Congrats Cubs. This is so heavy,” he wrote.
The Cubs win joins the list of other Part II predictions that came true, including hoverboards, self-lacing shoes and drones.
Back to the Future: Part II screenwriter Bob Gale also revealed how he felt about the win, and what inspired the film’s famous gag.
“We wanted to come up with something that would motivate Marty [McFly] to go get a sports almanac and think about using the information from his 30-year time-traveling trip to make money,” Gale told The Hollywood Reporter. “So, we tried to think of the most ridiculous and unbelievable sports event that we could think of, and that was the Cubs winning the World Series.”
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Gale said he had “mixed emotions” about the win because it’s now starting to hit him that one of his favorite jokes from the movie is ruined.
“It was mixed emotions because I was thinking if the Cubs lose, people will still laugh at the joke and if the Cubs win, then we made an almost accurate prediction,” he said. “The best part of it is that it was a gag that was so memorable, here we are still talking about it and that’s gratifying, that Back to the Future means to much to so many people.”