See the Cast of ‘Scarface’ Then and Now
Released in 1983, Brian De Palma’s ‘Scarface’ starred Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana, who comes to Miami in the 1980s and goes from low-level street dealer to incredibly powerful drug kingpin. With a script by Oliver Stone and a cast that included rising star Michelle Pfeiffer, the movie was a commercial success, with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese praising what went on to become one of the greatest films in cinema history. Thirty-one years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Al Pacino, Tony Montana
Then: Al Pacino, star of ‘The Godfather,’ played Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami to live the American dream and rises from street criminal to drug kingpin. Pacino got the idea for the film after seeing the 1932 original ‘Scarface’ in a theater and called his manager, film producer Martin Bregman, to develop a remake with him in the starring role.
Now: Pacino’s incredibly long and impressive resume includes starring roles in films like ‘Scent of a Woman,’ ‘Donnie Brasco,’ ‘The Devil’s Advocate,’ ‘Any Given Sunday’ and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen.’ In 2011, he memorably played himself in the Adam Sandler comedy ‘Jack and Jill,’ and he recently starred in the film ‘Stand Up Guys,’ as well as in the HBO movies ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ and ‘Phil Spector.’ You can see him next in David Gordon Green’s upcoming indie film ‘Manglehorn.’
Steven Bauer, Manny Ray
Then: Although John Travolta was considered for the role of Manny Ray, Tony’s right-hand man and best friend, Steven Bauer was cast immediately during his audition process, and was the only Cuban to join the cast. ‘Scarface’ marked Bauer’s big-screen debut.
Now: Since then, Bauer has appeared in the films ‘Gleaming the Cube,’ ‘Raising Cain,’ ‘Primal Fear’ and ‘Traffic.’ He guest starred on shows like ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘Cold Case,’ but most notably he played Gus Fring’s associated Don Eladio on two episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ in 2011. More recently he had a recurring role on the Showtime series ‘Ray Donovan,’ and can be seen in the upcoming film ‘The Lookalike’ with Jerry O’Connell and Justin Long.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Elvira Hancock
Then: Michelle Pfeiffer was an unknown actress when she was cast as Elvira Hancock, the wife of Tony’s boss, whom Tony later claims as his own trophy wife. Pacino and De Palma were against casting Pfeiffer and originally wanted Glenn Close for the part.
Now: Pfeiffer became an instant star and went on to appear in films like ‘The Witches of Eastwick,’ ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ ‘Batman Returns,’ ‘Dangerous Minds’ and ‘What Lies Beneath.’ After taking some time off from acting for a few years in 2003, she returned in 2007 with roles in ‘Stardust’ and ‘Hairspray,’ and more recently you’ve seen her in the films ‘Dark Shadows,’ ‘People Like Us’ and Luc Besson’s ‘The Family’ with Robert De Niro.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Gina Montana
Then: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio played Gina Montana, Tony’s younger sister who gets swept up in his lifestyle, becoming a drug addict and starting a relationship with Manny. This was Mastrantonio’s first major film role following an uncredited scene as an extra in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King of Comedy.’
Now: Mastrantonio went on to appear in the films ‘The Color of Money,’ ‘The Abyss,’ ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,’ ‘Three Wishes’ and ‘The Perfect Storm.’ She had recurring roles on ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent,’ and more recently on ‘Grimm.’ She appeared on the first season of the CBS drama series ‘Hostages,’ which premiered in the fall of 2013, and she can be seen in the upcoming film ‘Adam Shaw.’
Robert Loggia, Frank Lopez
Then: Robert Loggia played Frank Lopez, the Miami drug lord who initially hires Tony before Tony ascends to take his place — and his wife. Loggia was known for roles in classic films like ‘Revenge of the Pink Panther’ and ‘An Officer and a Gentleman.’
Now: Loggia is a beloved veteran actor with over 200 credits to his name, including roles in films like ‘Big,’ ‘Necessary Roughness,’ ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Lost Highway’ and ‘Return to Me.’ He had a recurring role on ‘The Sopranos,’ and he guest starred on several shows, including recent appearances on ‘Hawaii Five-0′ and ‘Men of a Certain Age.’ Loggia recently appeared in the films ‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’ and ‘Captured Hearts.’
F. Murray Abraham, Omar Suarez
Then: F. Murray Abraham played Omar Suarez, Frank’s right-hand man. Abraham previously had an uncredited role as the partner of Al Pacino’s character in the classic 1973 film ‘Serpico.’
Now: Abraham won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984 for his performance in ‘Amadeus,’ and since appeared in films like ‘Last Action Hero,’ ‘Mighty Aphrodite,’ ‘Mimic’ and ‘Finding Forrester.’ He had recurring roles on ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Louie’ and ‘Homeland,’ and recently guest starred on ‘Do No Harm’ and ‘Elementary.’ More recently, he had roles in the films ‘Dead Man Down’ and ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ and he can be seen this month in Wes Anderson’s new film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’
Harris Yulin, Mel Bernstein
Then: Harris Yulin played Mel Bernstein, a corrupt police officer who helps Frank Lopez and his men stay above the law. Though he previously appeared in films like ‘Night Moves,’ the role of Mel Bernstein was Yulin’s first major part.
Now: Yulin has since appeared in movies like ‘Ghostbusters II,’ ‘Clear and Present Danger,’ ‘Rush Hour 2,’ ‘Training Day’ and ‘My Soul to Take.’ He guest starred on shows like ‘Damages’ and the short-lived AMC series ‘Rubicon,’ and had a recurring role on the CW series ‘Nikita.’ He recently appeared in the films ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ and ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fights,’ and can be seen in the upcoming film ‘The American Side.’