Film & TV

Five Actors Who Should Play Tony Montana in Scarface Remake and Five Who Shouldn't

The country's fascination with Scarface runs deep. Maybe it's Al Pacino's over the top Cuban accent, maybe it's the allure of the city's drug running culture, or maybe it's a young Michelle Pfeiffer slinking around in sequin dresses. Who knows, the point is America loves Scarface and will show its devotion tonight with special screenings across the country.

Of course, we pay attention to anything Scarface-related in Miami. It's as much a documentary about Miami in the 1980s as Cocaine Cowboys, or at least Miami Vice. So when the latest slew of 1980s remakes hit theaters -- including Fright Night, Total Recall, Conan the Barbarian, Arthur, Footloose, etc. - we can't help thinking about the likely remake of our story. And that leads to the question of who should be cast as Tony Montana? So we proffer some suggestions, and for every actor we name we'll include one who we definitely don't want to see get a bad haircut and fake scar.

5. Benicio del Toro
He looks crazy enough to play the role,

and that's in real life. Half the time he appears to be on something and

many of his roles involve drugs in one way or another (Fear and

Loathing in Las Vegas and Traffic). Plus, del Toro actually played a thug

on Miami Vice in the 1980s.

Please No: Mark Wahlberg

Marky Mark (we know he hates being called that) continues to land

starring roles in major Hollywood productions despite the fact that he

couldn't act himself out of a rap video. The only time Wahlberg comes

across as authentic is when he plays a version of a Southie - see the

Departed and The Fighter.

4. Johnny Depp

definitely got the acting chops and has played a hood to perfection in

at least a couple of flicks,  Donnie Brasco and Blow. Plus he's from

Miami - kind of (Miramar, actually). Although Depp has been sanitized in

recent years with his buccaneering roles, we think a dark role (real

dark, not fake dark, like Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd) is what

the actor needs.

Please No: Keanu Reeves
Sure, Keanu

can shoot machine guns, but that doesn't mean he can play Tony Montana.

No matter what he's done since, the star of Bill and Ted's Excellent

Adventure can never play a drug kingpin.

3. Mickey Rourke

the plus side, he doesn't need any facial prosthetics to play the role

and his own life is probably not too far off from Tony's. Plus he's also

from Miami. On the negative side, he might demand real coke on the

movie set, you know, so he can get in character.

Please No: Antonio Banderas
He might know Spanish but don't let this pretty boy fool you into thinking Zorro would make a good Tony. Unless, Scarface turns in a machine gun for a sword and wears a mask, we say stay away.

2. Viggo Mortensen
This guy can play intense gangsters with the best of them - Exhibit A: History of Violence; Exhibit B: Eastern Promises. His biggest role might have been as a hero in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the guy's real talent is in playing the villain. Plus, he knows Spanish.

Please No: Chris Paciello
Just because you're a real life thug and murderer, doesn't mean you can play one on film.

1. Pitbull

got the stature and the accent down pat and it's just a matter of time

before he breaks into movies. Plus his signature phrase can easily fit

into Tony's parlance: Dale, cockroach.

Please No: Nevin Shapiro

got the height, he had the mansion, and he spent exorbitant amounts of

money trying to impress girls. But that doesn't mean you're a kingpin.

Not even of a college football team. What a loser!

The special Scarface screening airs tonight at 7:30 and select theaters across South Florida and the country. Visit to see where and to buy tickets.

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