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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Brian De Palma is a scheduled guest for Wednesday's edition of CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. The web site description states, "Director Brian De Palma is here to talk about his new movie Passion and his long career in the movie biz. From Carrie, his breakthrough feature which redefined 'prom night disaster' to the iconic Scarface, this is a director who keeps the audience's attention."

De Palma's appearance comes just two days after Steven Bauer appeared on the show (see video above). Bauer is making the rounds for his role on the new Showtime series Ray Donovan, but spent most of his interview talking about Scarface. Stroumboulopoulos asked Bauer, "Does the Manny from Scarface thing happen every day in your life?" To which Bauer replied, "Every single day is a Scarface day." In discussing his role on AMC's Breaking Bad, Bauer mentioned that, again, Scarface came through for him, because creator Vince Gilligan, a fan of De Palma's film, had the idea to basically take Manny and put him in the show.

Bauer was also interviewed by Parade's Joel Keller, and dicussed screenwriter Oliver Stone getting banned from the Scarface set: "There was so much disagreement on some points that Oliver Stone was banned from the movie. He was banned from the set. Brian [De Palma] didn’t want him around. For the most part, Al [Pacino] didn’t either, because Oliver would show up with a big fat script under his arm and he’d say ‘Have you shot this today?’ And he would always find me: ‘Steve. Steve. Come here. Have you shot this scene?’ And I’d say, ‘No. They cut it. We’re not doing it.’ And he’d go crazy and he’d run into Al’s dressing room and he’d be nuts. He would have a big battle with Brian De Palma and Brian was just like ‘You know what? You did your job. You let us make the movie.’"

Bauer also told Keller about the initial bad reviews: "Some of them were really horrible on Al, on his acting. They were like ‘Oh, he’s over the top. He’s become operatic. He should go back to acting school.’ It was really, really terrible, and it’s funny because he had prepared me for it. We were together all the time and I used to speculate. I used to drive him crazy and say, ‘What do you think? Can you imagine…’ because we’d finish a scene and it would be so out there, so crazy. He always kept me with him and I would make him laugh and stuff. We’d joke about stuff and I’d say ‘What do you think your fans are going to think of this Montana character?’ He used to say, ‘All I can do is do what I do every day and try not to think about their responses.’ He said ‘They’re either going to love it or they’re going to hate it. It’s not going to be middle ground.’ And that’s exactly what happened."

Posted by Geoff at 11:35 PM CDT
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:13 AM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

As much as SCARFACE blew my mind when I first watched it and have a remastered copy on Blu-ray it's time to say enough is enough. I suspect a lot of Americans love it for all the wrong reasons and that is disturbing!! I remember at the time it was either doing SCARFACE or THE DEMOLISHED MAN. I would have prefared De Palma of doing TDM from an Oliver Stone script at that time. As much as SCARFACE had an impact on me it's time to say goodbye.

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:28 AM CDT

Name: "Dan"

I understand than you can be tired of Scarface (in fact De Palma seems a little tired too), but even though a lot of people love it for the wrong reasons, it's still a very deep and memorable movie. Whenever I watch it I can't stop thinking about it for a week.

You can't fight pop culture. You can't just say "stop talking about Scarface for the wrong reasons". De Palma made a lot of movies, and you can find people talking about each of them :) 

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:46 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

I don't mind new generations of film lovers in discovering SCARFACE. There reaches a point where I can only watch a film so often before letting it become a memory. You're right about pop culture and for me it will be disappointing if THE DEMOLISHED MAN never becomes part of De Palma's filmography. TDM is a personal film that De Palma has never been able to make. It's my favourite sci-fi novel I've read. If complex sci-fi films such as INCEPTION and MINORITY REPORT can get made then TDM should have been made a long time ago.

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