Saturday night, Aug 16, was a very special evening for two men who first worked together in the historic movie, “Scarface,” in 1983, and 10 years later (1993) appeared in the Golden Globe nominated film, “Carlito’s Way,” as Hollywood legend Al Pacino (The Godfather), and comedian Angel Salazar, came together in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacino was in the middle of his one-man show at the Mirage Hotel, in the packed Terry Fator Theater; and Salazar, who portrayed Walberto in Carlito’s Way, was sitting in the audience with some friends.
During the Q & A from the audience, Comedian/Actor Salazar took to the microphone and said, “Mr. Pacino, ‘Sheck it out!’… It’s Chi-Chi, your little side kick from Scarface!” A big smile came across Pacino’s face as he peered out into the audience. “Who is that? Chi Chi?!”
The audience immediately recognized Salazar as one of the co-stars from the cult movie, “Scarface,” and erupted into applause. Angel responded, “I just wanted to tell you man, I GOT THE YEYO!!!”
Then Angel pulled out a huge plastic bag filled with white powder. The crowd went nuts when he said that quotable famous line from the hit movie!
Angel jumped up onstage with Al and moderator John Katsilometes. Al immediately gave Angel a big hug while the audience applauded, and called out his character’s name, “Chi Chi get the Yeyo!!!”
Angel took this moment to plug his upcoming Vegas engagement. “Hey everybody, ‘sheck it out!’ On Monday I open at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana hotel!” The audience applauded as he jumped back down into the crowd.
After the show Angel posed for at least 50 photos with Scarface fans before going backstage to see Al in the green room. Al and Angel then posed for more photos backstage.
Angel not only appeared in the cult classic “Scarface,” he also appeared opposite Pacino in his other hit gangster classic, “Carlito’s Way.” Check Out Angel Salazar Aug. 18-24, Monday through Sunday inside the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Hotel. 8:30 & 10:30 p.m., or go to www.Troplv.com.
None of the above comments were actually made by me; they were sent to me as a gift from a gifted old-timer public relations genius and a fellow member of FIORE Club named Norm Johnson, who for years has mingled, worked, and socialized with every star that plays and has played in Las Vegas.
You all know that my column is always controversial and political. I know very little about show biz and the stars of the Strip of today; the days of hanging around with the famous names like Nelson Sardelli, Sammy Davis Jr., the Checkmates, the Treniers and others are over for me; the last time I was on the Strip was about fifteen years ago, but Norm knows how much I liked the movies The Godfather and Scarface so he sent me that wonderful note about Al Pacino being in Las Vegas last weekend and my fellow countryman, Cuban comedian and actor Angel Salazar, who played Chi-Chi in Scarface; and now I learned that he was Walberto in Carlito’s Way.
As much as I avoid going to the Strip, I would have made an exception to go say hello to the man that is almost like an idol to me (I even have his quotes and his photo on my Facebook page).
Maybe I’ll cancel my weekend trip to Los Angeles and go see Angel Salazar at the Tropicana this coming Friday or Saturday.
Angel is known internationally for saying “Sheck it out” (check it out) before, during, and after jokes, probably talking with the same accent as I do, but I am sure people understand him better than me.
I would have loved being at the Mirage when the two icons met on the stage; it would have made me reminisce when Sammy, Frank Sinatra, Lola Falana — the Cuban sex-appeal star of those days — and the whole Rat Pack used to do that in the old days.
The Checkmates used to do almost like a second show with Nancy Wilson and even BB King at Caesars Palace. The Treniers at the Tropicana used to call to the stage other performers that were in the audience watching their show.
Those were the days in the sixties and seventies in Las Vegas that we all remember with nostalgia and when I hear something like what Al Pacino did with Angel Salazar, it brings back great memories.
It is not too often that I put pictures in my column, maybe twice in my whole serious journalist life have I put photos in my column, but this week I am making an exception because I am not ashamed of saying that I am a fan of Al Pacino; and, even without meeting Chi-Chi, now I know that I like him, not because of the yeyo, but because he is a
great actor and Norm tells me he is also a fantastic comedian; besides, being Cuban doesn’t hurt.
A full disclaimer to those police officers who don’t like me: About the Yeyo: It does not exist. I do not (and did not) have the Yeyo, unless you are bringing it to stuff it in my desk. And don’t blame Chi-Chi or Tony Montana; I have never even met Angel Salazar as yet.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at (702) 699-8111.