Audience Boos After Michelle Pfeiffer Asked About Weight At 'Scarface' Reunion

Joann Johnston
April 21, 2018

And yet, during a Q&A following the film screening, actress Michelle Pfeiffer was asked - you guessed it - about her weight.

Pfeiffer and her co-stars Al Pacino and Steven Bauer reunited with their director Brian De Palma for a Tribeca Film Festival panel discussion Thursday night at the Beacon Theatre in NY.

Michelle Pfeiffer is getting candid about the unhealthy way she prepared for Scarface.

Moderator Jesse Kornbluth (father to a daughter, he noted) wanted to know what Pfeiffer weighed in the film and how she thinned down to play Elvira. "In the preparation for this film, what did you weigh?"

Although most of the questions of the night were focused on Al Pacino's classic rendition of Tony Montana, one question elicited loud "boos" from the audience. The incident would have been over, but Kornbluth followed up with a question about what she ate when the shoot wrapped.

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Pfeiffer explained she was playing a cocaine addict in her breakout role as Elvira, which explained her thin frame. The movie was only supposed to be, what?

Asked about the painfully frail-looking frame she maintained during the movie's six-month shoot, reported the 59-year-old actress replied: "I was starving by the end of it". "I became thinner and thinner and more emaciated".

"Well, okay", she said.

Pfieffer said concerned crew members were bringing her bagels because of how thin she was getting. She joked that she was living on "tomato soup and Marlboros". [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] And the kids became more and more hard to actually say yes I became Pickier and pickier and. It is a comment on the knee-jerk political correctness of our time that no one would be shocked if you asked Robert De Niro about the weight gain required for his role in "Raging Bull" but you get booed - not by many, but by a vocal few - for asking Michelle Pfeiffer about the physical two-dimensionality required for her to play a cocaine freak in "Scarface". What message is that sending to women?' And I was also in my early 20s; I hadn't actually thought about it a lot of the time.

"I get asked a lot, 'What did I learn from working with one of the greats like Al Pacino?' And I have to say, one of the things that hit me the strongest from the beginning was watching him fiercely protect his character at all costs and without any sort of apology", she recalled.

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