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LOS ANGELES — Al Pacino says he got burned while making “Scarface.”
Literally, he grabbed the hot barrel of a gun that had just shot 30 rounds during one of Tony Montana’s violent scenes.
“My hand stuck to that sucker,” the 71-year-old actor recalled. He couldn’t work for two weeks.
Pacino relayed the experience during a discussion with “Scarface” co-stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia and F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman at a party Tuesday heralding the film’s Blu-ray release.
Part of the charm of the film, Pacino said, is that it wasn’t initially a hit.
“It’s one of my favorites because of its whole evolution,” he said. “It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press. ... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation.”
He said “it’s almost a miracle” audiences continue to discover and appreciate the film.
He wanted to make it after being inspired by Paul Muni’s performance in the 1932 original. Sidney Lumet suggested he make the main character Cuban instead of Italian.
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