That Disastrous ‘Scarface’ Discussion Was Supposed to Have a Different Moderator, but Brian De Palma ‘Kicked Him Off’

IndieWire | 4/21/2018 | Staff
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“Scarface” was back in the news this week thanks to a disastrous panel during which Michelle Pfeiffer was asked how much she weighed while filming Brian De Palma’s crime drama. Jesse Kornbluth, who moderated said panel as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, told IndieWire yesterday that his question was intended as a “comment on the knee-jerk political correctness of our time,” arguing that asking Robert De Niro how much weight he gained for “Raging Bull” wouldn’t have stirred any controversy.

Now another strange twist to the story has come to light: Kornbluth wasn’t even supposed to moderate the discussion.

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The original host, “Billions” creator/showrunner Brian Koppelman, explained what happened on Twitter after being misreported as having asked Pfeiffer the offending question: “I prepared really hard to do the panel and was really looking forward to it. But someone on here sent DePalma an old quote of mine, and he had me kicked off the panel the morning of the event,” he tweeted.

“I had said, 10 years ago,...
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