Al Pacino has played a number of iconic characters in iconic movies over the course of his 5-decade career. Some have earned him Oscar nominations (8 in total so far), one an actual Oscar (Scent of A Woman), and other countless honours, yet the film that he himself says is his most popular has not won him the most acclaim. In fact, when Scarface first came out in 1983, it wasn’t received well and found itself berated by critics and the public for its violence and lurid drug scenes.
Nonetheless, almost 30 years later, this film has become a classic among classics. With lines like, “I always tell the truth, even when I lie” and “All I have in this world is my balls and my word, and I don’t break them for no one,” Tony Montana has carved his way into film history, and the hearts of fans across the globe. Along, of course, with the man that played him.
A few days ago in LA, at the famed and beautifully re-stored Belasco Theater, Pacino re-united with his co-stars in the movie, to toast to the film’s endurance all these years later. In a lavish setting, which included Cuban snacks (like cocaine lines of icing sugar) and a giant cake with the words “The World is Yours” written on it, the event also featured a Q-and-A with Pacino, Steven Bauer, F.Murray Abraham, Robert Loggia and Martin Bregman.
Pacino, in fantastically high spirits, told behind-the-scenes stories and it was great to hear him pay tribute to the role rappers and hip-hop has played in giving the film a bit of a re-birth.
“The rappers got together and they made a video (Scarface: Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic) and they talked about the movie. I don’t think anybody’s ever talked about it as articulately and clearly. I understood it better having heard them talk about it…I mean, they really get it and they understand it, and that’s a great thing. They’ve been very supportive all these years. I think they’ve helped us tremendously.”
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Ludacris, who performed afterwards, returned the favour, saying how influential Scarface has been as the movie that re-defined the gangster film.
Ah, the beginnings of a different kind of bromance!
Now that all these years have passed, the limited edition Blu-ray is out, with added features, including the chance to watch Pacino do that infamous line over and over: say hello to my leetle fren!
There’s something comforting about knowing that even Pacino didn’t get it right on the first take!
Scarface – the Limited Edition Blu-ray is out now.