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Al Pacino Thanks Rappers For Keeping "Scarface" Alive

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 25, 2011 2:48 AM
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I recall Sergio's post earlier this year, announcing that the film was coming to Blu-ray, in which he touched on this, calling the film "the modern black urban male ultimate macho fantasy," in reference to the fact that it's so well loved and appreciated by brothas in hip-hop.

In the clip below, recorded during a party celebrating the film's Blu-ray release on Tuesday, Al Pacino, the star of Scarface, acknowledges that fact, and essentially offers his thanks to rappers for keeping the movie, which was initially panned by critics when first released in 1983, alive, helping make it the cult classic it's become today.

By the way, for those further interested in this, there's a 2003 documentary titled Scarface: Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic, in which rappers discuss the film's significance on the music. I embedded the first part of the film underneath the MTV clip. I believe you can watch the entire thing on YouTube, in pieces.

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  • Betty Chambers | August 27, 2011 2:10 AMReply

    I don't listen to rap or hip hop. I don't like the music. If I heard it, most of the references went over my head, because I didn't (and still don't) pay that much attention to it.

    In general, I don't like gangster films: I have yet to see the Godfather. Unless the film is a really old classic with Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney, I would not waste my time watching it.

    I watched Scarface out of curiosity; found it hilarious and entertaining, because it's so silly.

  • Tombs | August 26, 2011 1:37 AMReply

    This is from an interview with Barry Michael Cooper.
    I met Oliver Stone at a party. It was me, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan. It was Paula Abdul’s platinum party on Hacienda Boulevard. Eddie Murphy was there. I said, “Oliver Stone’s my hero,” so I went over to him, but he was tied up. I said, “Man, my name is Barry Michael Cooper.” This was after NJC had come out. “I wrote the movie.” He said, “Okay” and shook my hand. I said, “Man, I love your movie Wall Street. That’s how I learned to write. That was my tool and my instruction book for writing NJC.” He said to me, “Okay, thank you very much. I bet you like Scarface, too — all niggers like Scarface.” And he stumbled off.

  • other song | August 25, 2011 7:33 AMReply

    @Betty, really? So much rap references Scarface. List the songs and it'll be in the hundreds probably.

    Probably my favorite Scarface reference. Legendary intro:

  • Zeus | August 25, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    Mine is on the way. God is good.

  • Vanessa Martinez | August 25, 2011 7:06 AMReply

    Not just black men. Many hispanic/latino, italian and other "urban" males that I've met/known are obsessed with Scarface. *eyeroll*

  • BluTopaz | August 25, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    Betty, maybe you haven't had the pleasure of seeing all the Scarface t-shirts and murals in 'urban' areas, right next to all the Tupac/Biggie memorials.

  • Betty Chambers | August 25, 2011 4:23 AMReply

    Scarface was one of the funniest movies I ever saw. Very comedic. Although I don't think it was intentional.

    I didn't realize hip hop was what made it popular.

  • Monique | August 25, 2011 4:07 AMReply

    Wait but don't forget my post from the old site when I talked about Scarface and such and its influence on me and the on and so forth! Not to upstage Sergio of course. *smirks*

  • Sergio | August 25, 2011 3:48 AMReply

    They sent me the steelbook ultimate limited edition blu-ray this week. Thanks Universal for making a brotha like me so happy!!

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