Michelle Pfeiffer Says She Was ‘Terrified’ Filming ‘Scarface’ And Would Cry Herself To Sleep
Scarface director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino resisted auditioning Michelle Pfeiffer for Elvira, Tony’s bitter trophy wife, since she was just rebounding from a colossal flop in Grease 2. A producer named Martin Bregman talked the two into giving her a shot, and the rest is history. Pfeiffer played the sultry, mysterious, battered wife of a sociopath to near perfection and it catapulted her into superstardom.
Now, 34 years after her breakout performance in the culturally ubiquitous crime drama, the 58-year-old Pfeiffer speaks about the trials and tribulations of filming in a dude-heavy environment where the few women had anything but empowering roles. The word ‘fuck’ is used at least 207 times in the 170-minute movie, no shortage of which were directed at Pfeiffer’s character.