The Making of Scarface (1983) ,- AL PACINO Interview, + CastJun 10, 2021
several cameras when the kids ran in and shot at us, let's talk about topics for a moment. Oliver Stone wrote "Scarface" a few years later, he wrote "Wall Street" to a certain extent, which are the same movie. They are not his movies about greed. What do you think the film is ultimately about? What is your opinion? Well, I've always been interested in
makingmovies about people who start out rather humbly and then acquire a lot of power and eventually isolate themselves and live in their own world it could be anything we're experiencing right now comfort zone Michelle comfort zone there's a remake of this movie that has been discussed the cones have made a The script comes and goes, who knows, could you see a remake of this movie in which Tony Montana's character is female?
No, no, I think it's pretty remarkable that the movie we made is a remake of a really great movie that's very difficult to make, yeah. So Brian, if you were
makingthe movie now, would you make Tony Montana Russian? Would it be Mark Zuckerberg? I thought Oliver had a fantastic idea, you know, to do with these Cubans coming to the United States and obviously I like to do gangster movies with, you know, gangsters that you're Latin American because not only do you have the guns, but you also have the beautiful colors and you also have the dancer Michelle.
You've described your role in this film as a stage piece, right, you're the arm, you're the female person. who is acted upon, but you've also said that owning and claiming your performance within that is important, what it's like to claim your performance versus what Al is doing well. I get asked a lot what I learned working with one of the greats. like Al Pacino and I have to say that one of the things that impacted me the most from the beginning was seeing him fiercely protect his character and really at all costs and without any kind of apology and I have always tried to emulate that and I do try to. be polite about it, but I think that's what really makes a great performance great, you know and I think it's like that, I really tried to emulate her process and you know, the other thing about Elvita is you know because I remember it in Even then, I got a lot of questions about, well, you know, you're playing, you know someone who's subservient, what is it, what kind of message is it sending to women and I was in my early 20s too.
I actually thought about it a lot at the time, but I mean, I really feel like sometimes you can do so much more for a cause; actually, I mean, being an artist is really presenting people with what the truth is and not sugarcoating it, and I felt that by allowing people to see who this character is and the sacrifices that he's made, it says more than just getting up on any soapbox. and you know you know how to preach to people and it's so beautiful in Soho, such a subtle whip that we have time for one more question.
I guess how you doing, yeah, what did you learn from this movie? What did you learn about yourself as an actor, as a person, and as an important figure in the world? That's three questions, okay, let me ask you another one. It's okay, you make a lot of movies and sometimes you get the feeling that what you're doing is really good. Did you have that feeling? Oh, I see what you're saying. I had a feeling. I have to say it's true because there are certain roles that you feel like you can find in that channel that we all have, sometimes they come a little more, a little less, but with Scarface I have to say that there was something about the preparation, there was something about the text and Bryan working together with everyone. that I found that channel in myself that I felt like this is about something that I really want to say in some way and I think basically that's what we all feel and sometimes we don't here consciously it comes unconsciously but you feel it you're on some clue and because of that there are also roles that you play that go out of your way, but with "Scarface" I felt consistent in a certain way about "I can, I can." I just said that many times you find with the director that the captain of the ship has an agenda that is not necessarily his or the
cast's, they have their own separate agendas and you have to give Brian credit for what I have always felt throughout the years watching the movie over and over again. again and in the editing, of course, and he was there, I was with him, he was editing the film, he had the wisdom and the innate feeling that the actors he chose to tell this story knew what they were doing well, You and Brian left us. go, let us go, let us fly, yes, yes, but the amazing thing for me is watching this movie over and over again, are the extraordinary performances.
I mean, you just look at these actors, so, but you let us fly, here we are all these years later. captivated let us thank these people oh thank you thank you for coming
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