A moderator asked Michelle Pfeiffer about her weight during the filming of Scarface at a Tribeca Film Festival panel Thursday night, and was immediately met with groans from many in the audience.
The cast reunited at the festival for the 35th anniversary of the film's release.
"As the father of a daughter, I'm concerned about body image," the moderator, writer Jesse Kornbluth, began during the panel, "The preparation for this film — what did you weigh?"
As the question was being set up by Kornbluth, you could hear people in the audience beginning to show their disapproval of the ask.
"No no no, this is not the question you think it is," Kornbluth said, attempting to quell the groans.
At one point someone yelled, "Why do we need to know?"
"Well, OK. I don't know," Pfeiffer said. "But I was playing a cocaine addict." In the video, Kornbluth said this was the point he was trying to get across.
"That was part of the physicality of the part which you have to consider," Pfeiffer said.
She added the film shoot lasted longer than expected. This meant her character became even more emaciated, as she was on a limited diet to stay true to the role.
When reached for comment, Kornbluth told BuzzFeed News, "Nobody booed when I asked Michelle about playing that familiar female character — what she has described as 'the set piece' — and how she was able to, as she has described, 'own and claim' her performance against one of Al [Pacino's] fiercest performances."
Kornbluth's email to BuzzFeed News continued:
"Nobody booed when I asked Michelle if she could imagine a remake in which Tony Montana was Toni Montana — a woman.
Nobody booed when I asked Brian [De Palma] if he were making this movie now, Tony would be a Russian — or Mark Zuckerberg.
Nobody booed when I quoted Tony — 'Who put this thing together? Me! Who do I trust? Me!' — and asked: Who does that sound like?
Not to bang on — okay, to bang on — the first line of my 2015 novel, 'Married Sex' is 'No woman is more beautiful than a woman reading a book.'”
Kornhbluth told Indiewire recently that the response to his question was due to "the knee-jerk political correctness of our time."