The news came up recently about the director Antoine Fugua planning to remake Scarface. It led to speculations about who might play the titular role. Let’s be honest. Al Pacino’s mind-blowing portrayal of an addicted drug lord Tony Montana was quite impactful for the time.
High Snobiety listed some actors who could be considered for the role if they are ready to play the machine gun-wielding, drug-induced legacy of Al Pacino. A few of those are just the kind of A-listers you would want to consider for such a big reboot, and others are good, but, newbies.
Let’s have a look at the options suggested by the lifestyle website and our own team:
Christian Bale is perfect for almost any role. He is the master of transformation and will mold himself as per the requirement, whether he needed to lose an unbelievable amount of weight for The Machinis to build muscles for Batman. However, he might end up losing the role if started shooting people and sniffing coke to get into the Tony Montana frame of mind.
Bardem’s depiction of a cold, irritable psychopath Anto Chigurh in No Country For Old Men, propelled him to the top of lists needing an actor with a fantastic screen presence and the evil toned charm that would be essential for a new Tony Montana. He might even slam in a “friend” whenever the director doesn’t listen.
The star of the AMC hit series Preacher who according to High Snobiety has portrayed the roles of Uday Hussein – one of the evil sons of Saddam, and also Uday’s double in the 2011 film The Devil’s Double. Just like Oscar Isaac (another name on the list), Cooper also has an edge and a mischievous twinkle in his eye, as if he is having fun whenever he is unleashing mayhem. That could bring out a fascinating Tony Montana feel.
One of the key actors of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Isaac is famous for his versatility, he is equally good at comedy, drama, heroics or even villainous roles. He is quite a replica of Al Pacino as well.
Benicio Del Toro
The infamous Benicio Del Toro might be the most obvious choice for Tony Montana, although he has a depth which might not suit a role which needs to showcase the crazy touch that Pacino gave to the character. Del Toro was apt as the stone cold and the untiring Alejandro in Sicario, Scarface might be better suited to an actor who doesn’t intimidate you physically at first glance.
The suggestions from High Snobiety were quite interesting, and we have added two more names to the list.
The Venezuela born Ramirez is not a popular name yet, but, he will soon be seen on the big screen alongside Robert De Niro in the biopic by Roberto Duran, Hands of Stone. He has the screen presence and depth, and his relative obscurity compared to Christian Bale or Bardem might prove to be beneficial while rebooting a legendary movie like Scarface.
Let’s be frank, DiCaprio is quite unlikely and the fact that a fake news story more than a year back had mentioned that he had got cast in the remake, might have eliminated any chance of it happening. No matter what, DiCaprio has been picking up roles that are darker than any played by him earlier. He has accepted to portray America’s first and probably nastiest serial killer. Therefore, he is really game for some heavy, fierce performance, despite sliding into his forties.
The more likelihood is to see the new Tony Montana be someone younger like Cooper, Ramirez or Isaac. No matter which actor gets chosen, he must be ready to see his face plastered the college dorm room walls for many years to come.