You’ll never guess who inspired Al Pacino to create Tony Montana

To plunge into the roles of each of them, talents always have their own styles. Inspirations are also amazing, sometimes unusual, and not so obvious.

To create their characters, actors and actresses logically draw from many inspirations: personal experiences, sometimes more or less happy; Sense of observation, interviews with specialists if the role requires it, etc. Basically, nothing but very classic.

In this painting, the extreme actors, from the way of acting, occupy a very special place. Obviously, we think of Robert De Niro for example. Trained at Actors Studio, he is notorious for perfection, fully embraced his roles, and does not hesitate to learn saxophone for music New York, New York; to live alongside the steel miners at Voyage au bout de l’enfer (1978); to gain thirty kilograms to play a downhill boxer in Raging Bull (1980); Or to learn the Latin mass for the purposes of bloody confessions.

Besides, there are great sources of inspiration in these talents. Effects, sometimes unusual, which are not at all obvious.

Al Pacino was inspired by Meryl Streep to create Tony Montana

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Trained in the “method” of the Actors Studio, Al Pacino was known for providing extremely intense physical acting. His approach, which has allowed him to slip into the shoes of some of the greatest roles in the history of American cinema – has made him an exemplary role model who has inspired – and continues to inspire – an entire generation of trained actors and directors. Obviously, Tony Montana is among his most legendary roles.

It’s hard to imagine Brian de Palma’s Scarface moment without its lead performer: Al Pacino delivers a larger-than-life performance with his brutal carnage and his cult lines of jokes. A character who became iconic, setting the standard for gangster movies in the ’80s.

In a great article he posted empire in 2011, the actor specifically teased his conversion to the role, noting in particular that Stephen Bauer, of Cuban descent, helped him a lot in finding the right accent. He also drew a lot of inspiration from the legendary Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran He had a tan side that matched my personality.

Even more surprisingly, he also admitted his inspiration from Meryl Streep, in his Sophie’s Choice: “I was so inspired by Meryl Streep’s work on Sophie’s Choice. She found her way to co-play someone from another country and another world who is benevolent, committed and…courageous.” Calling Meryl Streep’s delicacy to author a character like Tony Montana, you had to think about it.

Meryl Streep drew inspiration from Clint Eastwood in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

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Far from his purely dramatic roles that made him famous, Meryl Streep She gleefully tried a completely different recording in the comedy The Devil Wears Prada, introducing her features to the ruthless and domineering Miranda Priestley, editor-in-chief of fashion magazine Runway.

If her character is strongly reminiscent of Anna Wintour, the head of Vogue, the actress decided not to play a pale version, refusing in particular to take on the British accent. In her performance, she was also inspired by Diana Vreeland, former editor-in-chief of Vogue; Willis Tilberis, Director of Harper’s Bazaar.

It’s amazing that she Quote also Clint Eastwood wrote in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as inspiration, to create and modify his character’s voice: “He never really raised his voice; everyone should bend over to listen, which automatically makes him the most powerful person in the room.” A compliment that would surely please Blondin, a low-key character who always fuels the economy of words. But he hits the mark every time. Like Miranda.

Ewan Rayon inspired by Denis La Males for his character Game of Thrones


In Game of Thrones, Ewan Rayon Ramsay Bolton camped. In terms of barbarism, torture and sadism, this beast, without filter or sympathy, won the palm of contempt. Pretending to save Theon to better take away his dignity, he killed Rickon as if on a hunting trip, raped Sansa, killed his father and fed his stepmother and little brother to his dogs.

In April 2016, the actor was captured to The New York Times His sources of inspiration for his character’s creation: Joker Heath Ledger, a touch of singer Liam Gallagher from the Oasis group, mixed with a glimpse of comic book character Dennis La Males. A curious and curious cocktail to tell the truth, even if a reference to Dennis can be taken by his filthy kid always ready to play pranks. So horrible and deadly as in the series.

Daniel Day-Lewis inspired by Eminem for Gangs of New York


Daniel Day-Lewis or the manner of acting at its peak. In order to better immerse himself in his character, Bill the terrifying gangster New York butcher, Lewis spent all his time dressed in his character’s clothes and costumes, including outside of movie sets. The problem is that these clothes were worn in the mid-1800s, and weren’t really made to warm you…

The result of the races of the actor: he developed acute pneumonia. When the production asked him to wear warm clothes and especially to treat himself with medication, he refused, on the grounds that it wouldn’t help him stay immersed in his character and his time. Because of insistence, he ended up accepting medications.

Most surprisingly, Lewis confirmed that music played an important role in making him match Bell’s outfit, as he said in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2003 then in Telegraph in 2007. With a penchant for music… Eminem!

“Yes, I’ve been listening to music every morning, around five in the morning, especially the song ‘The Way I Am’. I’ve been liking it for a while. I’m always looking for music that might be useful for. It transcends thought in a certain way. With this movie, I realized That I was listening to Eminem more than usual.” We wouldn’t associate the brutal (and obviously cool) butcher Bill with Eminem in any case. Hats off to the artist!

Chris Pratt was inspired by dolphins for his character in “Jurassic World”

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We could see Chris Pratt fidgeting in all directions and sweating out of the T-shirt at Jurassic World, the sign wasn’t necessarily obvious. But why not. In an interview given to GQ in May 2015The actor revealed a new technique of thinking of an animal in the form of an embodied character, and then determining which part of the body will move first according to this idea, to help the actor or actress move in space. And so Pratt decided that the dolphin was the best fit for Owen Grady: “They move with their foreheads,” he explains.

Johnny Depp inspired by Jack Sparrow’s Pépé the polecat

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In his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, which lasted 6 weeks, Johnny Depp often discussed his career at length, including anecdotes. like one Where he narrated the creation of the cult character Jack Sparrow.

“I met the Disney teams who gave me the script for a movie, Hidalgo [NDR : qui sera réalisé par Joe Johnston et produit par la filiale de Disney, Buena Vista]I read the script and found that this movie is not for me. But I wanted to meet them because at the time I had my 2-3 year old daughter, and for three years had only watched anime and cartoons, Tex Avery to Bugs Bunny.

“I received the script for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean in 2002, and somewhere in my mind I saw the opportunity to mix different characters like cartoon characters, like Coyote from the Beep Beep and Coyote, when he took a huge boulder on his head which hits him, before finding it again in the Next scene where he wears a bandage on his skull.

So I started thinking about those kinds of things that are found in animation, and incorporated them into character composition, so that I could control my naivety comment. […] By doing so, I told myself that this character can be received just as well by a 5-year-old as it can be received by a 45-, 65-, or 85-year-old.”

We must also add that in his catalog of cartoon inspirations, the portrait of Pépé le polecat stands out. Just like him, Jack Sparrow is often incredibly lucky to get out of the worst situations.

Tom Hardy was inspired by the self-proclaimed King of the Gypsies to create the sound of Bane

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A completely bald head, a terrifying metal mask, huge muscles like a Minotaur… and the sound of a caveman. If the character Bane – set up by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises – remains firmly in the memory, it is partly due to the special toning of the character. A metal bell, without a body, tinged with a tone almost impossible to recognize, forged from scratch by its interpreter.

But how did he start crafting the sound? interview by wiredthe actor mentioned how he suggested this track to Christopher Nolan, on the set The Dark Knight Rises. “Bane is a character with Latin ancestry, and that’s not my case,” he explained. “So I did some research and found a guy named Bartley Gorman, from the gypsy community. They call him the ‘Gypsy King.’ He’s a boxer and he fights with his bare hands.

I found this awesome. I showed her to [Christopher Nolan]He said. “I told him we could either follow Darth Vader’s lead, or a neutral evil tone, or we could try it out. I’ve thought about that possibility, just in case we need to consider Bane’s roots and origins.” (…). [Christopher Nolan] He replied that we would go in that direction. We had a great time with [cet accent]We made it smoother, and now people love it.”

Joaquin Phoenix was inspired by the Wizard of Oz to create his Joker

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In the lead up to Joker’s release, and even after that, there was a lot of talk about how Joaquin Phoenix landed the role. Actor revealed Having worked for the first time on Character Laughter, which was created from extensive research with people with personality disorders.

“I started laughing. I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological syndrome that causes uncontrollable fits of laughter,” he explained. However, we’ve heard a little bit about another, and more surprising source of inspiration for this one: actor Ray Bolger, who played the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.

“There was one song in particular called The Old Soft Shoe that he sang and I saw some of it videoAnd recounted Phoenix, there is an almost strange arrogance in his movements, and in truth, I have completely stolen it from him. “He did this thing with his chin up. Choreographer Michael Arnold [sur le film] He showed me that and tons of videos, and I focused on that. It was the Joker, wasn’t it? Its really arrogant. This was probably the biggest impact.”

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