The stories of Tiger King We are getting wild and we have to talk about Mario Tabrau's claim that he was the inspiration for it Scar face. The former drug dealer claims to have inspired the famous film character – but is he telling the truth? We take a look at the evidence to find out how many of his claims are true.
Tabraue, the founder of Miami's Zoological Wildlife Foundation, claims in the documentaries: "Sometimes they say I'm the prototype for Scarface", also known as Al Pacino's famous character in the 1983 film of the same name. Clips of the film are interspersed with Tabrau's story presumably to highlight the connections between the two. While the clips certainly seem to be drawing a clear picture, the reality is probably much more complicated.
Although the 1983 Scar face is the one who has become an icon of film history, it's actually a remake of an older film that was made in 1932, so the general premise existed long before taboo. However, the 1983 version in Miami in the 1980s contained elements of the drug mafia world, and taboo was definitely part of it. In 1981, the FBI even raided a site in search of taboo, which was one of the most notorious gangsters in Miami at the time. Knowing that the filmmakers were specifically inspired by the drug lords in Miami, it is not so difficult to believe that they have removed elements from Tabrau's life for their central character.
It is the details that seem to support Tabrau's claim to be the "real" scar face. The filmmakers gave their gangster character Tony Montana (aka "Scarface") a quirk to collect exotic animals at his palace, which was obviously part of Tabraue's life at the height of his power. A malicious chainsaw attack in the film also appears to be inspired by a similar murder of an informant on Tabraue's property in the 1980s, according to Screen Rant. A New York Times In an article on the abolition of Tabraue's drug ring, some details of the murder were given that reflect scenes Scar face. Ultimately, Tabraue was sentenced to 100 years in prison, but only served 12 years after he became an informant.
At the moment, Tabraue seems to have cleaned up his plot and headed the ZWF with a focus on real care for his animals, but he also seems quite proud of the possibility that he inspired one of the most famous movie gangsters of all time.