Scarface is one of cinema’s most iconic pictures. Why? Well, Scarface has got golden Hollywood talent, quotable dialogue, and striking performances from some of the best actors of all time — including Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.
One of Brian De Palma’s best movies, it has a little bit of a ‘dorm room poster’ reputation like Pulp Fiction, but classics are classics for a reason! For Pfeiffer, though, the prospect of shooting it was terrifying.
She said, “there’s a lot of talk and a lot written about Brian’s views on women and all that — you know, in his movies he’s always killing women. People tend to think that means he has a warped view of women, but I found the exact opposite to be true. I found him generous and very gentle; I liked working with him very much.”
“It was a hard movie for me because Grease 2 had been my last credit, and I was really terrified,” she continues. “I was very excited to work with Al Pacino, but I was also intimidated by him. Other than me and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, it was all men. I had to play a very cold and aloof woman – very different from my personality and a difficult character for me to hold onto.”
Despite her difficulties, Pfeiffer’s career advanced massively after doing the film, and her visage in it remains well-referenced in pop culture. Shoot for the stars, kids.
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