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Tucker puts his spin on another classic, ‘Back to the Future’

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018

When Ryan Dean Tucker isn’t hosting “Lilac City Live,” he’s creating one-man stage adaptations of classic movies. First he did “Die Hard.” Up next: “Back to the Future.” (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
When Ryan Dean Tucker isn’t hosting “Lilac City Live,” he’s creating one-man stage adaptations of classic movies. First he did “Die Hard.” Up next: “Back to the Future.” (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Ryan Dean Tucker had hardly washed all the fake blood off his feet when he started thinking about his next one-man show.

There were a few technical difficulties in the hours leading up to “Die Hard: The One-Man Show,” which he performed in January, but overall, the show was a massive success.

“It was the funnest thing I’ve ever done,” Tucker said. “The response was so great so pretty much immediately after I was like ‘I’ve got to do this again, right away.’ ”

After brainstorming a list of movies he felt everyone would know, Tucker quickly settled on “Back to the Future.”

During “Back to the Future: The One-Man Show,” Tucker will portray Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) live on stage.

Behind him on screen, he’ll play an edited version of the movie that features himself as Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), Lorraine Baines-McFly (Lea Thompson), George McFly (Crispin Glover) and all the other characters in the 1985 Robert Zemeckis-directed film.

“I started working on it and it was like ‘Oh, I forgot the reason I did ‘Die Hard’ was because he’s in one location and he wears one outfit and there’s four characters,’ ” Tucker said with a laugh. “ ‘Back to the Future,’ you literally travel through time.”

McFly also changes outfits a number of times, which Tucker thinks will be the trickiest part of the live show.

Well, the costume changes and the Delorean, which he created out of cardboard and PVC pipe.

But nonetheless, Tucker forged ahead.

Like he did with “Die Hard,” Tucker uploaded a VHS copy of the film to his editing program (“You’re getting VHS quality,” he said. “It’s the nostalgia of it.”). This time around, he decided to crop the movie during certain scenes so the character he was portraying at any given time on stage wouldn’t also appear on screen.

Tucker edited the film down to about an hour by applying a lesson he learned from “Die Hard: The One-Man Show.”

“In ‘Die Hard,’ there’s a lot of scenes where it’s 30 seconds of him running up the stairs,” he said. “You don’t realize how long 30 seconds of someone running up the stairs is until you’re running back and forth on a stage and you look like an idiot. If there’s scenes where he’s driving around for 30 seconds, I cut that to two seconds because we get it.”

Tucker estimates hewatched “Back to the Future” around 25 times in the past month and a half.

He already has an idea for another one-man show though, just as long as “Back to the Future: The One-Man Show” is as successful as its predecessor.

And based on reactions Tucker received, it’s looking like that’s bound to happen.

“Everybody knows this movie. Everybody loves this movie,” he said. “When I announced I was doing it, I had more than a dozen people come up to me saying ‘Hey, that’s my favorite movie. Don’t screw it up.’ ”

“I told them ‘Well, I’m going to screw it up. That’s the point. It’s a parody. But if you want to come have fun, it will be great.’ ”

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