Scarface

Fictional Character

Born: 1983
Birthplace: The Movies
Best known as:

The drug-dealing mobster played by Al Pacino in the 1983 film

The 1983 movie Scarface starred Al Pacino as Tony Montana, a ruthless Cuban immigrant killing his way to the top of Miami's cocaine-crazy underworld. (The film was loosely inspired by the 1932 film Scarface: The Shame of a Nation, which starred Paul Muni as blood-crazy gangster Tony Camonte. That film, in turn, was loosely inspired by the life of real-life mobster Al Capone, who was nicknamed Scarface.) The 1983 film, directed by Brian DePalma and written by Oliver Stone, was a modest hit when first released. However, it gained cult status in the 1990s and early 2000s thanks to its popularity with hip-hop stars and other young movie fans. This second generation of fans seemed captivated by the movie's rags-to-riches theme, along with Al Pacino's over-the-top performance and the film's absurd levels of violence and tough talk. The film was re-released with much fanfare in 2003.

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Tony Montana's famous line about his machine gun, "Say 'ello to my little friend," has become a pop culture catch phrase... So has another line from the film, "I always tell the truth, even when I lie"... 'Scarface' was later taken as a stage name by rapper Brian Jordan (formerly known as Akshun)... Stone reportedly named Tony Montana as an homage to football star Joe Montana.

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