Scarface Movie - A Long Look at an Iconic Movie
The Cast & Characters of Scarface
What is Scarface Actually About? : A Brief Synopsis
WARNING! – Spoilers Ahead
Critical & Popular Reception
Top 5 Scenes From Scarface
1 – The Chainsaw Scene
2 – Say Goodnight To The Bad Guy
3 – Say Hello To My Little Friend
4 – Gina Shoots Tony
5 – Tony Kills Manny
Famous Lines From Scarface
5 Things You Might Not Know About Scarface
When a movie becomes as iconic as Scarface has, people often feel that they know everything about it! However, there are some interesting things that you might not know about the film. Check out our favourite 5 pieces of little known Scarface trivia!
- Al Pacino initially rejected the idea of Michelle Pfeiffer as his leading lady! She was not very well known at the time – her only major role having been in Grease 2. Pacino on the other hand was a fairly big name in Hollywood and he was not convinced that Pfeiffer was the woman for the job. However, producer Martin Bregman was keen to offer her the role and overruled Pacino. Scarface became Pfeiffer’s breakout movie and it is difficult to imagine anyone else in the role of Elvira Hancock! Al Pacino has brushed off questions about his reservations regarding Pfeiffer – often claiming not to remember saying such a thing, but agreeing good naturedly that it does sound like something he is likely to have said!
- Al Pacino is largely credited with suggesting that it was time for a remake of Scarface after seeing a showing of the original 1932 film ‘Scarface: The Shame of the Nation’ at the Tiffany Theater on Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard. After seeing Paul Muni starring in the Howard Hughes movie he immediately got in touch with Martin Bergman to suggest a modern remake. Even then Pacino had his heart set on playing Tony Montana – although rumour has it that Robert De Niro was the first choice and turned down the role!
- There is a great deal of strong language throughout Scarface, and the excessive use of certain words got one of the actors into some hot water with his mother! F. Murray Abraham played the role of Omar Suarez in Scarface and his Italian mother was not pleased at the foul language used. Abraham revealed years after release that after his mother saw the movie for the first time she pulled him aside and told Murray that he needed to tell Al Pacino not to use that language as it reflected poorly on his fellow Italians. Although Murray assured her that it was all in the script she was adamant that as a big star Al did not need to talk that way! Her concerns were fairly justified given that the cast actually drop the ‘F bomb’ a total of 226 times – that’s 1.32 uses per minute of the entire movie!
- As we touched on earlier, Scarface was initially given a X rating. However, Brian De Palma made the necessary cuts to secure a R rating by removing the severed arm shot from the chainsaw scene as discussed above. However, the MPAA made him do a further 2 rounds of cuts before approving its release. Initially more edits were requested, but De Palma refused and met with a tribunal who voted 18 to 2 that the 3rd cut could be released as an R rated film. However, De Palma was not content and believed that the 1st cut should have been judged an R anyway and so that was the version he submitted to theaters for release! It wasn’t until the movie made it onto video after its theater run that he admitted his trick!
- Never let it be said that Al Pacino is not willing to suffer for his art! During filming on Scarface the Hollywood star actually suffered from 2 fairly serious injuries. The first was a fairly deep cut which was caused by a stray piece of glass flung at him by Michelle Pfeiffer during her screen test. She was asked to throw some dishes around and after being told to cut she noticed blood everywhere. Everyone assumed she had cut herself, but it turned out it was actually Pacino who had sustained the injury. Pfeiffer jokes that this was the turning point that convinced Pacino that she really was his Elvira! A second, more serious injury was sustained while shooting the ‘Say Hello To My Little Friend’ scene. Pacino accidentally grabbed the barrel of his guns and ended up severely burning his hand and was forced to stop filming for around 2 weeks while his wounds healed!
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