Audience boos interviewer for asking Michelle Pfeiffer about her weight

A male journalist was booed Thursday by audience members at a Tribeca Film Festival panel celebrating the 35th anniversary of Scarface for asking star Michelle Pfeiffer about her weight.

The actress’s character in the film, Elvira Hancock, has remained something of a style icon. Panel moderator Jesse Kornbluth — who also interviewed Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, and director Brian De Palma on stage — turned the conversation to Hancock’s appearance, bluntly asking Pfeiffer how much she weighed during filming.

Pfeiffer, pictured with Bauer, De Palma, and Pacino, was grilled by moderator Jesse Kornbluth, far right. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

The New York City audience immediately erupted into a chorus of boos, to judge from video footage of the event. One woman can be heard shouting “You don’t have to answer that” at the Oscar-nominated star, who looked slightly aghast.

Pfeiffer at Thursday’s Tribeca Film Festival panel. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Kornbluth jumped in to defend himself by insisting that “this is not the question you think this is.” According to those in attendance, he later explained that he asked the impertinent question as a “concerned parent of a girl.”

Though seemingly shaken, Pfeiffer responded by discussing the filming process and how her plan was to “get thinner and thinner” as the shoot extended from a few months to eight.

“Well, OK,” she said in referring to her weight. “I don’t know. … I was playing a cocaine addict, so that was part of the physicality of the part, which you have to consider.

“I was starving by the end of it,” she admitted, noting that a particular scene “where I needed to be my thinnest” kept getting delayed. “I literally had members of the crew bringing me bagels because they were all worried about me and how thin I was getting. I think I was living on tomato soup and Marlboros.”

Many attendants later took to social media to slam Kornbluth’s “atrocious” questioning.

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