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Al Pacino Thanks Hip-Hop for ‘Scarface’ Success

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the classic film Scarface. The film, released back in 1983, was a remake of the 1932 version starring Paul Muni. When it hit theaters, it was panned by critics and made little money. Today, it’s a cult classic and favorite among hip-hop fans, who seem to really grip the story’s overall meaning.

Al Pacino’s version is being brought back to movies theaters nationwide on August 31 for one night only. The cast came together to celebrate the blu ray release of the DVD in Los Angeles. At the event, Pacino talked to MTV on the red carpet about his appreciation for the hip-hop collective’s support of the film:

“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.” He’s referring to the documentary Scarface: Origins of a Hip-Hop Classic.

He also talked about what he thinks the appeal of Tony Montana’s character is: making something out of nothing:

“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.” What an eloquent response!!

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