Old "Scarface" friends reunited at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that brought together stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma to reflect on how the ferocious and garish gangster epic - like Tony Montana's rise from dishwasher to drug lord - has grown in stature. Kornbluth tries to stave off the displeasure by clarifying that the inquiry was not what the audience thinks it is.
Fans have spoken out in praise Michelle Pfeiffer, after a moderator on a 'Scarface' panel asked her what she weighed when filming the movie.
The audience immediately booed the question with somebody yelling out, "Why do you want to know?"
Actor Michelle Pfeiffer who was last in the "Murder On The Orient Express', recently attended an event with her 'Scarface" movie's cast and director. "I tried to time it so that as the movie went on, I became thinner and thinner, and more emaciated", Pfeiffer continued as Kornbluth interjected, "without getting addicted to cocaine". The writer released the following statement to IndieWire defending his inquiry: "It is true that a gentleman should never ask a woman about her weight". Production was only supposed to be three to four months, the actress explains, saying that one important scene was pushed later and later.
She added, "The problem was the movie went six months".
"Well, okay", she said. "I was starving by the end of it because the one scene, which was the end of the film, where I needed to be my thinnest, it was next week and then it was next week and then it was the next week". "I submitted it a third time and I think they were upset about ... the clown that gets shot". Even if "body image" was the conceit of the question, she could have simply been asked what she did to prepare for the role, which would have offered a look into the psyche of her complex character in addition to the physicality she offered. She joked that she was living on "tomato soup and Marlboros". What message is that sending to women?' And I was also in my early 20s; I hadn't actually thought about it a lot of the time.
"One of the things that hit me the strongest was watching him fiercely protect character, really at all costs and without any sort of apology", said Pfeiffer.
"I was completely taken with Paul Muni's performance", said Pacino. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and I were really the only females.