Actor Christopher Lloyd has had an illustrious career that spans over four decades and more than 200 roles. He is best known for playing eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett Brown in the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
Lloyd’s special appearance at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix on July 14 has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase, the promoter said on Twitter.
Lloyd said he never anticipated “Back to the Future” would become the cult classic that it has.
“I was hoping it would be a successful opening and have a good run. That’s what I hope on any project. I think anybody involved is awed by its continued popularity,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said the 1985 film still holds relevance for audiences today.
“It’s not aged or stuck in a particular period,” Lloyd said. “The DeLorean, for example, looks just as futuristic as it did 30 years ago, and the writing doesn’t stick to any moment in time. A big appeal of the film is I think everybody has thoughts about going to the future or going somewhere in the past,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said that, as a creative person, he identifies with his character in the film.
“I think the thing that really excited me about it was Doc Brown’s excitement about discovery, about trying to come up with a solution to universal problems or puzzles, a little bit like Einstein,” Lloyd said.
Along with Doc Brown, Lloyd has played Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” and “Addams Family Values,” Judge Doom in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Rev. Jim Ignatowski on “Taxi” and Taber in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Lloyd said he has built a long-lasting career by being open to different roles.
“I would say [the key to my success is] a lot of luck, a lot of being ready when something comes up. I’m not too picky. I’m not waiting, sitting around for the ideal and perfect role. I like to work, so I try to make the best of whatever opportunity comes up,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd recently starred alongside William Shatner in “Senior Moment” and alongside Christopher Plummer in “Boundaries.”
The 79-year-old said his continued passion for acting pushes him to continue.
“As long as I can keep remembering the lines and getting to the locations, I want to keep working as long as I can. I love it,” Lloyd said.
Whitney Cummings at Tempe Improv
Comedian Whitney Cummings engages audiences with her timely comic focus on relationships and societal issues affecting women. She’ll perform at Tempe Improv on July 13 and 14.
Based in Los Angeles and originally from Washington, D.C., Cummings has been doing stand-up comedy since 2004.
She has done three stand-up specials, including the 2016 HBO special “Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend.” She also has been a panelist on “Chelsea Lately,” participated in celebrity comedy roasts and appeared on late-night programs such as “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien.
Also an actress, Cummings has appeared in the films “Made of Honor” and “The Wedding Ringer” and on the TV show “Undateable.”
The comedian recently co-created and co-wrote the TV show “2 Broke Girls,” starred in her own TV show “Whitney” and directed and acted in the film “The Female Brain.”
Details: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, July 13. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive. $30, two-drink minimum. 480-921-9877. tempeimprov.com.
A trip to downtown Phoenix this weekend can include a water adventure. A returning event at CityScape lets families spend time together outdoors in the city while cooling off in the water.
H20asis takes place July 14 and Aug. 11 at CityScape Patriots Park at Washington Street and Central Avenue. There will be 10 inflatable slides and splash pads for youngsters and children at heart.
Visitors who dine at one of CityScape’s restaurants can show their receipts of $20 or more and receive one or more spins on a prize wheel to try to win free swag such as charging sticks, water bottles or sunglasses.
The Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA will be on hand to inform visitors about water safety. Proceeds will go to the YMCA’s “Safety Around Water” public-education program.
Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $5 minimum donation. cityscapephoenix.com/events.
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