Steven Bauer has a resume that aspiring actors could only dream of.
The Cuban-born thespian has starred alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Richard Gere to Edward Norton and, more recently has been on two of television's most popular shows AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
The rags-to-riches flick, which was made in 1983 has served as one of hip hop's most prominent influences from the genre's rise in popularity in the late 80's up until this day.
The Examiner was lucky enough to catch up with the dashing 56-year-old at an event for Nelly's new "Celebrity Sweat" videos, and he talked about the impact of Scarface on popular culture and how it feels to get so much love from hip hop.
It's been 30 years since it came out but Bauer makes it immediately clear that Scarface hasn't lost it's luster.
"Every day is a Scarface day," said Bauer, who then recalled his experience at a recent event commemorating the cult classic:
"A year ago we a reunion, an anniversary for Scarface, it was actually the Blu-Ray release and we did something at a theatre in LA," continued Bauer. "I found Ludacris on the red carpet, I'd never met him before. And I was like "You and your predecessors are responsible for bringing Scarface to life, for making it part of the American fabric, because if not for that, if not for the hip hop embrace of Scarface it would have died.
For most people under 40 it's hard to imagine a time when the cocaine classic wasn't a part of American culture's DNA, but according to Bauer the film was maligned by critics and the media for years before it was resurrected by hip hop.
"America was so politically correct that they buried Scarface," remembered Bauer. For years we couldn't even talk about it. Al Pacino and I, we were so depressed, we couldn't talk about it. We did something beautiful and they're telling us it's shit!
Bauer went on to describe the slow rise of the iconic film, which was brought back into the public eye when numerous MCs began shouting it out as an inspiration.
It was the early-mid 90s, when it started surfacing on people's walls on "MTV Cribs" and on records by rappers," lamented Bauer. "Even Chris Berman on ESPN, bless his heart, started like, he'd call a great home run like, "Say hello to my little friend!" and I'm like "What! He's quoting Scarface, and it brought it to life. It brought it to the forefront of American society and no one can deny it."