The movie ‘Scarface’ is revered nearly 30 years later
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:08
Still, it was many years before Bauer realized that "Scarface" had carved a special niche for itself in American culture, adopted by hip-hop artists, their fans, and eventually spreading further.
"I was watching TV one night and I heard Chris Berman announcing a home run, and he uses Tony's line, ‘Say hello to my little friend.' And I say, ‘Holy s — he's seen ‘Scarface.'"
In the months and years to come, he learned that just about everybody had seen "Scarface" — the movie was to VHS and DVD what "Dark Side of the Moon" was to record albums.
"People start telling me about all the hip-hop guys who use the dialogue in their lyrics, all the rappers on ‘MTV Cribs' who've turned their homes into ‘Scarface' shrines."
Bauer laughs at the movie's outrageous change in fortune.
"For a long time, it was like the movie had leprosy. Now it's a classic. So this is a really beautiful time."