A Hollywood actor, well-known for his roles in movies like “Back to the Future” and TV shows including “Taxi,” is in Vermont performing at a landmark theater in Windsor County.
Christopher Lloyd first walked onto the stage of the Weston Playhouse more than a half-century ago. His late brother, Sam, was a mainstay there, and became a lifelong supporter of the playhouse.
“I love it here,” Lloyd said of Weston. “It’s so beautiful.”
Lloyd is playing a starring role in the classic work “Our Town,” which opens this week at the Weston Playhouse.
“Thornton Wilder wanted a very minimalist set,” Lloyd said of the author of “Our Town.” “So you just focus on the human element.”
Lloyd’s also reflecting on his family’s many ties to the playhouse, saying it provided him with critical experience during an early chapter in his career, which has now spanned six decades.
Necn asked if without his experience in Vermont as a young actor, would the world have known Doc Brown as it did? Lloyd chuckled, “Maybe—Who can say?”
The actor said he marvels at how popular the “Back to the Future” films still are, and how they continue attracting fans. He said the subject matter pertaining to family relationships is likely a key reason why.
“Everybody has a moment when they think, ‘Gee, I wish I could go back to this moment,’ or, ‘I wish I could go to the future.’ Everybody has that wish,” Lloyd observed about another perennial appeal of his best-known movie. “And the film somehow made that fantasy come alive.”
At 79, Christopher Lloyd still has a lot of jobs in his future. The Emmy winner said he has several movies and other projects in the works.
“I love it,” Lloyd said of the life of a working actor. “I can say I don’t need to work, but it’s what I do. I have no interest in retiring.”
Christopher Lloyd is in “Our Town” at the Weston Playhouse through July 7.
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