“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?

Weigh in with your thoughts Clutchettes and gents- tell us what you think!

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  • Penny

    It’s disgusting.

  • Mimi

    I think that a lot of rappers love the movie because a lot of rappers started out in the drug trade and Tony Montana is like a hero to them and they all probably thought that they could reach that level in the drug trade.

    Say what you will about the violence and all that, it really is a great film. I saw something on tv late one night that was a behind the scense kinda thing and it was talking about how many problems Oliver Stone had with the movie execs because they thought the film was way too violent and no one would go see it. They told him that he needed to change it or they wouldn’t release it. Stone stood by his film and I think it was the right thing to do. I’m sure those movie execs are probably glad that he didn’t change it since the dvd still sells today.

  • Clnmike

    The movie speaks to many with its tale of an underdog who came from nothing and made his way to the top and died standing on his feet. Whats not to love? The movie visualized what a lot of rappers felt and they articulated what a lot of people felt. But neither one started drug and violence and they damn sure didnt keep it going. There are bigger entities who did that.

  • d_nicegirl

    Illegal business and the art it inspires are American as apple pie.

    • Mr. Man

      Thats right, a chicken can only lay eggs.

  • Poetry has been called art of ‘sweet excesses’. Excess is a key ingredient of any aesthetic experience. Mastering this art of excess is virtuosity and Al Pacino is a true virtuoso.