In 1983, the classic “Scarface” was released but not with the same captivation it holds now.
With its extra-violent scenes and memorable lines, the movie has won the hearts and props of rappers. And thanks to music and the gangster persona, Al Pacino is a hero.
The actor in fact acknowledged the contributions the hip hop community has made to establish the Brian De Palma classic a legend among gangster flicks.
“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,” Pacino told MTV News on the red carpet for a party celebrating the Blu-ray release for “Scarface” on Tuesday night. “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 documentary he highlighted was 2003’s “Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic.”
Rappers including Diddy, Nas and several others talk about the movie’s influence.
Pacino concluded that the appeal of his character was born out of his desire to make something out of nothing, a theme often found in the Hip Hop culture.
“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,” Pacino poetically explained. “Reaching for something he can’t get but he keeps going. There is an element of hope in it, believe it or not.”