The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles was the scene last night for a celebration of the newly restored Blu-ray release of Scarface (1983), Brian De Palma’s 1983 cocaine kingpin extravaganza.
Like the original Howard Hawks Scarface (1932), De Palma’s version was based on pulp fiction writer Armitage Trail’s roaring twenties novel by the same name. Oliver Stone wrote the script for the remake.
While the film was not universally embraced when it was released nearly 30 years ago, it has aged remarkably well, having slowly achieved cult status for its depiction of the cocaine cowboy culture of Miami in the early ’80s..
Guests included producer Martin Bregman and stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham – and of course, Al Pacino, who probably would have recieved an Oscar nomination for Best Actor if not for the f-word infested script.
The expletive popped out of someone’s mouth — usually Pacino’s — over 200 times. While that’s small potatoes by post-1990 standards, in 1983 it was shockingly unprecedented.
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Pacino insisted on including the famous “Bad Guy Speech” in the film, which was not in the original script. That speech alone single-handedly lifted the film up another level:
What’re you looking at? You’re all a bunch of f***ing a**holes. You know why? You don’t have the guts to be what you want to be. You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your f***ing fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So…what does that make you? You’re not good. You just know how to hide; how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy!
Ludacris contributed to the festivities with a performance after a Q & A with the stars.
Cuban cuisine was provided by two of the hottest tamales in the L.A. restaurant scene, celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, co-owners of Truck and Border Grill restaurants.
Event planners matched the more garish elements of the film by providing desserts made to look like lines of cocaine. As of this writing, Culture and Events was unable to confirm if any guests confused the sugary confections with their own stash.
“Nearly 30 years after it first exploded onto the screen, Scarface stands as a cultural icon with a passionate and growing fan base that continues to exert an enduring influence on not just moviemakers but artists across the entire pop-culture landscape,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
“Now, for the first time ever, fans of this jewel in the Universal crown can enjoy Scarface with the spectacular picture and sound quality that only Blu-ray provides.”
The “SCARFACE Legacy Celebration Event” was sponsored by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The newly restored 1983 film will be heard in 7.1 audio for the first time. Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the Blu-ray Scarface Disc on September 6, 2011. The original 1932 version directed by Howard Hawks will be included in the package.
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