“Say hello to my little friend.”
If you’ve heard that line before, odds are you’ve seen “Scarface” or listened to any of a number of classic nineties hip-hop records.
The iconic film about a Cuban refugee who makes his way in America going from a kitchen help to a drug dealer has been immortalized in the cannon of modern film. To this day the 1983 remake of the 1932 classic, remains one of Al Pachino’s most memorable films. The legendary actor is quick to give credit where it’s due though, and at the Blu-ray release for “Scarface” on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Pacino spoke to MTV News about having the film embraced by rappers such as Nas, Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy.
“The hip-hop people and the rappers got together and they made a video 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.”
The video Pacino is referring to is a 2003 documentary “Scarface: Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic” in which several hig-profile rappers spoke about the impact the film had on their lives and their art. Ultimately though Pacino says the message of Scarface is strong because it’s relatable.
“Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? That’s a great expression, and I think that’s Tony Montana…Reaching for something he can’t get but he keeps going. There is an element of hope in it, believe it or not.”
While hopefulness is the theme Pacin chooses to emphasize, many detest Scarface and say it is a glorification of violence and drugs. Though hip-hop has certainly contributed to the long lasting legacy of the film and ‘the boss’- is it a contribution to be proud of?
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