[SPOILERS] It will go down as one of the most ICONIC movie that rappers will namedrop in their songs.
Brian DePalma’s ’80s classic, Scarface, is the Hollywood true story documentary on a Cuban refugee making his way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and he’s homebound.
Al Pacino played Tony Montana who is dropped into 1980s Miami with literally nothing and he and his best friend rise to the top and rule the drug game.
But the drug kingpin hits a snag or two…
Here are 14 things you never had any idea about from Scarface. Starting with…
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1. Al Pacino didn’t want Michelle Pfeiffer to be his bitter trophy wife.
I mean, she’d just starred in Grease 2. In a shared interview, Scarface producer Martin Bregman said that he had a good feeling about her. Pacino responded, “Because I probably would have said no,” to which Bregman said, “You did say no!”
2. The writer, Oliver Stone, had a cocaine addiction when he wrote the script about the coke wars in Miami…
AKA he had insight into what the drug did to users. Stone even moved to Paris to try and kick the habit because it was harder to get the drug there.
3. The movie crew had to move to L.A. because EVERYONE in Miami HATED the crew.
Two weeks into shooting, there were protests by the local Cuban-American community. The Miami Tourist Board declined the request to film there fearing MORE backlash.
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4. The movie was supposed to star Robert De Niro and John Travolta as Tony Montana and his best friend, respectively.
Robert De Niro said no to the role of Tony and Travolta even met with Al Pacino in 1981 to discuss the role.
5. Al Pacino kept getting hurt on set. He got sliced by a piece of glass and got his hand burned by grabbing a hot barrel of a gun during the film’s finale.
They had to shut down the movie for two weeks…
6. This was the only guy who was ACTUALLY Cuban in the movie.
Then-unknown actor Steven Bauer was given the part because he looked the part.
7. Everyone was snorting powdered milk.
At least, that’s supposedly what they used. Oliver Stone and the director never explicitly said what the drug stand-in was…
8. De Palma dropped out of directing another ’80s classic, Flashdance, to work on Scarface.
9. The director SNUCK the X-rated version into theaters.
Scarface was originally given an X rating but De Palma’s third cut of the film was rated R and was supposed to go to the theaters. But the director released the uncut version without the film board’s knowledge.
10. There was only one shot that was removed from the film was a dismembered arm hanging off the shower curtain rod.
It was from the infamous chainsaw bathroom scene.
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11. Saddam Hussein was a big fan…
The now-dead former Iraqi dictator set up a trust fun launder money and called it “Montana Management.” An unsettling nod to the company the main character, Tony, uses to launder money.
12. The infamous chainsaw bathroom scene was ripped off real life…
Oliver Stone embedded himself with Miami law enforcement as research for the role and heard the story from the Miami-Dade County police.
13. Al Pacino pitched the idea to remake Scarface to the film’s future producer after seeing the play at the Tiffany Theatre on Sunset Boulevard.
The original Scarface was based on Al Capone-like character who rose as a gangster in the 1930s.
14. The woman who played the distraction during the chainsaw bathroom scene went missing after production and was possibly murdered by a serial killer.
The 18-year-old model and former beauty queen, Tammy Lynn Leppert, was last seen five months before the movie came out. Police think she was three months pregnant and her missing persons status could be tied to serial killers and drug traffickers in the area…
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