Although it is mostly just Landis floating this theory around for now, Eisenberg did work with Landis on a movie just before he took on the role of Lex Luthor. And if Landis did serve as the inspiration it would explain where some of more unique elements of this Lex came from, like the rapid talking and frantic mannerisms.
And the hair.
But there's more. Like the fact that it might explain the emphasis this film places on Lex living in the shadow of a famous father. And there's another possible, sort of behind-the-scenes explanation: Landis is famous for sharing his own ideas about Superman, and notably took a big public shit on Man Of Steel a few years earlier. So "casting" him as the villain of the movie may be an elaborate "fuck you" from the filmmakers, if they were petty enough to do such a thing, and this is Hollywood, so yes, pettiness is a true possibility.
However, Landis doesn't seem to have taken offense to it, and in fact has stated that it's "cool" to have an iconic villain based on him. And it's great that he's responded so positively, because we're not so sure we'd be cool with a bunch of our peers thinking our personality would be a great template for a cartoonish egomaniac.
Tony Montana Was A Combination Of A Panamanian Boxer and Meryl Streep
Al Pacino has appeared in dozens of incredible movies during his long career, but one of his most iconic roles was his performance as Tony Montana in the series of Scarface posters seen in dorm rooms throughout America.
Themselves based on some kind of movie.
Scarface tells the story of Montana, a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug kingpin despite the tragic handicap of looking like a white man in grease paint. It was a big hit, as indeed would any movie about cocaine be in the 1980s. But what really made it work was Pacino's balls-out nutty performance -- equal parts intense and bombastic, it is easily the most imitable Pacino performance outside of the cartoon character he played in Scent Of A Woman. But where did it come from?
According to Pacino, he took some characteristics from Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who had "a certain lion in him."
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He left the facial hair, thankfully.
And that makes complete sense. But here's where things get weird: Pacino also claims he based his performance on Meryl Streep, who, if we're being perfectly honest, seems like the least likely inspiration. What was it that the star of The Devil Wears Prada did to shape Pacino's portrayal of a murderous, drug-dealing psychopath? Two words: Sophie's Choice. Pacino greatly admired the intensity of Streep's portrayal of an immigrant "from another country and another world." And while the similarities between the roles don't immediately jump out at you, there are certain moments worthy of comparison.
The sweatier ones, specifically.
And, of course, the deleted scene wherein Tony Montana has to choose between his two pet tigers.
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