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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Pacino reveals Scarface burn

Al Pacino played gun-wielding Tony Montana in Scarface
Al Pacino played gun-wielding Tony Montana in Scarface

Al Pacino has recalled how he got burned while making the film Scarface.

The Hollywood star grabbed the hot barrel of a gun that had just shot 30 rounds during one of Tony Montana's violent scenes.

"My hand stuck to that sucker," the 71-year-old actor said. He couldn't work for two weeks.

He relayed the experience during a discussion with Scarface co-stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia and F Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman at a party in Los Angeles on Tuesday heralding the film's Blu-ray release.

Part of the charm of the film, he said, is that it wasn't initially a hit.

"It's one of my favourites because of its whole evolution," he said. "It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation."

He said "it's almost a miracle" audiences continue to discover and appreciate the film.

He wanted to make it after being inspired by Paul Muni's performance in the 1932 original. Sidney Lumet suggested he make the main character Cuban instead of Italian.

Pacino's Scarface is set in 1980s Miami, and Tony Montana is an ambitious immigrant who runs a growing drug empire until he eventually collapses under greed and addiction. Al's performance as the gun-wielding, coke-snorting Montana is among his most memorable.

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