Robert De Niro reveals he almost took on friend Al Pacino's iconic Scarface role

Robert De Niro reveals he almost took on friend Al Pacino’s iconic Scarface role: ‘If you don't do it, I'm gonna do it’

It’s now known as one of Al Pacino’s signature roles.

But Robert De Niro revealed he almost played Tony Montana in the 1983 gangster film Scarface, in an interview with both actors for GQ’s 2019 Men Of The Year Issue.

‘If you don't do it, I'm gonna do it,’ Robert recalled telling his friend of the role back in the 1980s. 

Titans: Robert De Niro revealed he almost played Tony Montana in the 1983 gangster film Scarface, in an interview with both actors for GQ's 2019 Men Of The Year Issue

Titans: Robert De Niro revealed he almost played Tony Montana in the 1983 gangster film Scarface, in an interview with both actors for GQ’s 2019 Men Of The Year Issue

Al, 79, remembered that Robert, 76, was at one point going to make the film, about a struggling Cuban immigrant who ends up becoming one of Florida’s biggest drug lords, with his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese. 

‘They were gonna do Scarface, Marty and Bob,’ recalled the film’s eventual star.

However it was his rival for the part who eventually convinced the studio to make the film with director Brian De Palma at the helm – who ultimately cast Pacino as Tony Montana. 

‘I just thought Brian would be the best because he would be the least conventional of the choices [for director],’ said the Raging Bull star. 

‘That’s true,’ concurred Pacino, ‘[De Palma] had his own way of doing it that made it very different. It really did make that film.’ 

Actor fight: 'If you don't do it, I'm gonna do it,' Robert recalled telling his friend of the role back in the 1980s

Actor fight: ‘If you don't do it, I'm gonna do it,’ Robert recalled telling his friend of the role back in the 1980s

Tony Montana: Pacino ultimately snagged the 1983 role in the film about a struggling Cuban immigrant who ends up becoming one of Florida's biggest drug lords

Tony Montana: Pacino ultimately snagged the 1983 role in the film about a struggling Cuban immigrant who ends up becoming one of Florida’s biggest drug lords

The acting legends are currently sharing the silver screen for just the third time in their hallowed careers, in Martin Scorsese’s latest outing, The Irishman.

The showbiz titans memorably faced off against one another in Heat’s diner scene, back in 1995.

Then in 2008, the pair teamed up again for the 2008 thriller Righteous Kill.

Iconic: The acting legends are currently sharing the silver screen for just the third time in their hallowed careers, in Martin Scorsese's latest outing, The Irishman. Seen together in 1982

Iconic: The acting legends are currently sharing the silver screen for just the third time in their hallowed careers, in Martin Scorsese’s latest outing, The Irishman. Seen together in 1982

The Irishman tells the tale of mobster Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and the role he played in the disappearance of union labour leader and former close associate James Hoffa (Pacino).

Sheeran alleged that he murdered Hoffa by shooting him in the back of the head twice in a house in Detroit.

Before his revelation, the disappearance of Hoffa had been one of America’s greatest unsolved crime mysteries.

Hoffa’s murder was only one of dozens of shocking killings which Sheeran admitted — many on Hoffa’s orders.

The film is currently in the midst of a limited theatrical run before hitting Netflix on November 27. 

Latest collaboration: The Irishman tells the tale of mobster Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and the role he played in the disappearance of union labour leader and former close associate James Hoffa (Pacino)

Latest collaboration: The Irishman tells the tale of mobster Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and the role he played in the disappearance of union labour leader and former close associate James Hoffa (Pacino)

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