Jess Cagle
October 01, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”They’re gonna dig it, or they’re not gonna dig it,” says Fox, waxing philosophical about his new movie, For Love or Money. Here Fox digs and/or disses his earlier films. *MIDNIGHT MADNESS (1980) College kids on an all-night scavenger hunt. ”I was 18 and playing a 12- or 13-year-old. Because it was a night shoot, they couldn’t have a kid. It was an inauspicious beginning.” *CLASS OF 1984 (1982) Big-city high schoolers on a rampage. ”(During filming) I bailed another actor out of jail, so I go to the producer and I say, ‘I got no money.’ So they loan me some money and for, like, a year afterward, this producer was on my ass for $600. The producer was Arthur Kent, the scud stud.” *TEEN WOLF (1985) Fox turns into a werewolf. ”We had a five-week hiatus (from Family Ties). This was just kind of a job. I thought it was as close to starring in a feature as I’d ever get.” *BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) Fox’s first outing as time-traveling teen Marty McFly. ”I was in London, doing a Family Ties TV-movie debacle when this opened. Until then I was kinda this young television actor, kinda doing okay. I came back to America and I was Mickey Mouse.” *LIGHT OF DAY (1987) Fox is miscast as a blue-collar rocker. ”The film, by (director) Paul Schrader’s own admission, was stillborn. I was foisted on him. I don’t think I really fit the image he wanted.”

*THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (1987) Kid from the sticks comes to New York and fulfills his greedy, yuppie dreams. ”What was so interesting about this movie is what’s kind of repulsive about it now. It was really one of the first ’80s movies. I still get checks from it.” *BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (1988) Fledgling magazine staffer by day goes wild by night. ”I’m not saying it was horrible, but six weeks of footage went out the window (when we changed directors), so we reshot the movie in about four weeks. I don’t feel like I quite did what I could’ve done with it. Bottom line, that’s what kind of troubles me about this movie.” *CASUALTIES OF WAR (1989) Fox and Sean Penn as warring Vietnam platoon mates. ”A great movie, definitely the most difficult I’ve ever done. Contrary to what was reported, it wasn’t difficult with Sean at all. We were friendly before and continue to be. I saw him at the gym a couple of weeks ago.” *BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) McFly meets his kids in the future. ”I think it was unjustly criticized. Effectively, Part II is the middle. While everybody loves ‘Once upon a time ‘ and ‘They lived happily ever after,’ it’s the middle shit with the mattress and the pea that everybody gets lost on.” *BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (1990) Marty goes back West. ”A blast. Sam (his son) was born toward the end of filming II. Toward the end of III, my father passed away, so it was all this stuff, it was a really tumultuous, emotional < time.'' *THE HARD WAY (1991) Spoiled movie star (Fox) researches role under tough New York City cop (James Woods). ''I thought it was going to be a franchise. We were going to do The Harder Way and all that crap.'' Fox sought advice from Michael Caine, who had just written an acting textbook, on how to hold his own with costar Woods, ''a very edgy, very energetic guy with a lot of opinions.'' *DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991) A Beverly Hills-bound plastic surgeon finds salvation in rural America. ''I thought, 'Oh, great. I have this sleepy little comedy of manners coming out during the summer.' But it found its niche, so you never know.'' *LIFE WITH MIKEY (1993) Former child star turns to managing current child stars. ''Did I know it was going bad? Yes. Halfway through I said, 'You know what? You're making a Woody Allen movie for 10-year-olds, which is a pretty damn interesting thing. I just hope somebody knows what to do with this.' And it turned out that nobody, in fact, did.''

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