Tony Montana is one of the most iconic movie characters of all time. He’s ruthless, he’s powerful, and he’s got a great fashion sense. But there’s more to Tony Montana than meets the eye. Here are the top 10 secrets about Tony Montana that you probably didn’t know.
1. Tony Montana was based on a real life Cuban drug lord
Tony Montana is loosely based on the real life Cuban drug lord, Alberto “El Padrino” Acevedo. Acevedo was a major player in the Cuban underworld before fleeing to Miami in the early 1980s. He quickly rose to power in the Miami drug scene, and is believed to have been responsible for bringing large quantities of cocaine into the city. However, unlike Tony Montana, Acevedo was never able to achieve the same level of notoriety or infamy.
2. Tony Montana’s infamous “Say hello to my little friend” line was improvised
The now infamous “Say hello to my little friend” line was improvised by Al Pacino on the day of filming. The original script called for Tony Montana to simply say “This is my little friend,” but Pacino felt that the line needed something more. So, he came up with the now iconic delivery, which has become one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time.
3. ‘Scarface’ was originally going to be a sequel to ‘The Godfather’
When ‘Scarface’ was first pitched, it was intended to be a sequel to ‘The Godfather.’ However, when Francis Ford Coppola – the director of ‘The Godfather’ – passed on the project, Brian De Palma took over and turned it into the cult classic that we all know and love today.
4. The film’s budget was cut halfway through production
Due to financial troubles at Universal Studios, the budget for ‘Scarface’ was cut by $6 million halfway through production. This forced De Palma to make some creative changes, including shooting in smaller locations and using recycled footage from other films.
5. Al Pacino based his performance on Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Vito Corleone
said that he based his performance as Tony Montana on Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Vito Corleone in ‘The Godfather.’ He wanted to create a character that was just as powerful and charismatic as Brando’s Corleone, but with a much darker edge.
6. ‘Scarface’ was one of the first films to use computer-generated imagery
‘Scarface’ was one of the first films to make use of computer-generated imagery (CGI). The film’s special effects team used CGI to create the film’s now iconic opening sequence, which features a huge pile of cocaine being snorted by Tony Montana.