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7 Crazy Things You Never Knew About Scarface


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4. De Niro Was Approached for Tony Montana

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are arguably the two most iconic actors of their generation, and Brian DePalma actually wanted the Raging Bull star to play Tony Montana, but he turned the role down.

3. A Special “Gun Synchronizer” Was Invented for the Massacre Scene

Capturing the muzzle flash of a gun has long been a tricky proposition for filmmakers – the fraction of a second that the burst appears often doesn’t match up with the camera’s shutter. So, for Scarface, effects men Ken Pepiot and Stan Parks built a machine that only let the guns fire in synch with the camera.

2. Michelle Pfeiffer Gave Pacino a Scar for Real

During her screen test for the role of Elvira Hancock, Michelle Pfeiffer got a little too into things opposite Al Pacino. In a show of emotion, she smashed some plates on the set and a shard from one of them ended up giving Pacino a nasty gash on his hand.

1. Brian De Palma Won’t Reveal What They Used for Cocaine

Powdered milk was supposed to be used as a substitute for the mountains of cocaine in the movie, but De Palma was unhappy with how it looked on the screen. What he substituted for it is still a mystery – he won’t tell, but an urban legend speculates it was real cocaine.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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