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Christopher Lloyd arrives at CES in iconic time machine

In character as Doctor Emmett Brown from "Back to the Future," actor Christopher Lloyd arrived at CES 2014 in his iconic time-traveling vehicle from the film.

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LAS VEGAS -- Actor Christopher Lloyd arrived at CES 2014 in his iconic time-traveling vehicle from "Back to the Future," the DeLorean, as part of a celebration of the 120th year of Gibson guitars.

Despite owning a time machine, Lloyd, who was in character as Doctor Emmett Brown, was 15 minutes late to the event Tuesday. The car he pulled up in was an authentic re-creation of the vehicle from the movie, complete with flux capacitor and eco-friendly "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor." As he emerged, he was surrounded by puffs of smoke and enthusiastic camera-people.

After posing for photos and even wearing a futuristic Google Glass device, Lloyd held court on the Gibson main stage to celebrate the many different instruments the company has produced over the years.

Lloyd was happy to improvise and was easily distracted from the scripted conversation: pointing to a man standing onstage in period costume posing with an 1894 Gibson -- referred to as the "world's most expensive guitar stand" -- LLoyd said, "He just keeps standing there, it's weird!"

Lloyd, among the many "Great Scotts," did tell the crowd that he had appeared as a guest on "The Michael J. Fox Show." The episode is due to air in the spring.

Unfortunately, Lloyd left the venue on foot, and didn't fly the DeLorean into the clouds. However, we have exactly one year to invent flying cars, according to the movie. A possible entrant for CES 2015 perhaps?