Hollywood stars past and present gathered at the decadent surroundings of The Belasco Theatre to celebrate the first time Blu-ray release of Scarface, widely regarded as the greatest gangster movie ever made. Stars Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman gathered with a host of Hollywood stars for the special night.
Guests relived the explosive power of the film that redefined the gangster genre forever, as Universal Pictures International Entertainment reunited the legendary cast and creators of this iconic underworld epic for a unique presentation. Audiences were also treated to an exclusive performance from three-time Grammy award winning rap artist Ludacris during the packed after-party.
Leading star Al Pacino who played Tony Montana said: “I was inspired by the original (movie). This merging of the two of them (Oliver Stone and Brian De Palmer) was the key.” “The Blu-ray is coming out and it just keeps going! It’s a film that’s always been close to my heart.”
Co-star Steven Bauer who played Manny Ribera said: “I’ve had encounters with fans every day of my life…as most of the world identifies with Tony Montana. “It’s really beautiful (on Blu-ray) and the sound is amazing. It comes with a documentary that is a killer. It’s the ultimate for fans and people who love the movie.”
Producer Martin Bregman said: “It’s a perfect film. He (Pacino) moved me. The first time I saw him on stage he just moved me.”
Co-star Robert Loggia who starred as Frank Lopez said: “It’s an eternal movie. It’s going to be played over and over long after I’m dead and buried!”
Rap artist Ludacris, who performed at the event, said: “I’m a bit Al Pacino fan and a big Scarface fan. For me to be performing here out of any other artist in the world makes me feel great. I feel honoured to be here!”
Other celebrity Scarface fans attending included Joe Lo Truglio (Paul, Superbad), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Chris Bauer (True Blood), Gene Simmons (KISS) and Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz).
Los Angeles 23rd August 2011.