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09th Jan 2017

These kids did a ‘school play’ production of Scarface and it’s amazing

"Say hello to my little friend"

Rob Burnett

Scarface is one of the most violent and expletive ridden films ever made by Hollywood, and explores extremely adult themes like murder, organised crime and hard drugs.

Perfect material then for a school play production based on the 1983 Al Pacino classic.

In this version, originally posted on YouTune under the title “Jaydon’s school put on a kids production of Scarface”, popcorn takes the place of cocaine, and “fudge” replaces the obvious swearword.

Hence lines like this from Tony Montana’s ‘wife’, who was played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the film:

“You do coke and you kill people, that’s wonderful Tony. I’m leaving you, mother fudger.”

There follows the dramatic shoot-out which **spoiler alert** sees Tony killed after he sees rival gangsters entering his mansion on his CCTV cameras:

The play even includes the famous scene where Tony pulls out a grenade launcher to repel the attack and utters the immortal line: “Say hello to my little friend”.

Now if you’re thinking, ‘well this is hilarious and all, but is this material really appropriate for a school play?’ then you’re not alone.

And it transpires that, like so much else in the increasingly Black Mirror-esque world we live in, it’s not entirely legit.

The clip, which first emerged in 2010 is in fact a professional production directed by Marc Klasfeld, a veteran music video producer who has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne and N Sync, and it was all intended to go viral.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said at the time. “We had a great cast, great kids and great parents… they enjoyed the process.”

Klasfeld, who is a father of two himself, said the outrage the video generated was entirely predictable.

“We definitely suspected that would happen,” he said. “Everyday when I wake up with my daughter and I turn on the television for her and we’re constantly guarding her against all these unnecessary sexual [messages] bombarding her… so for us to see the reaction against this, well, that was a little shocking. I found it all fascinating.”