Robert De Niro has revealed that he very nearly played Scarface instead of Hollywood actor Al Pacino.

"I remember we talked about...We were on the street one night outside of Cafe Centro or something. This is how I remember it. I could be wrong," De Niro told GQ. 

"We were talking about Scarface, and you were considering who to do it–what director. And I was saying, 'You should really do it with Brian [de Palma],' of the choices that you had." 

De Niro said that Pacino fell in love with the movie after seeing an old flick of the same name. He pushed to have the film made but was not necessarily eying the role for himself.

"And I said: 'If you don't do it, I'm going to do it," De Niro said. "They were going to do a Scarface." 

De Niro and Pacino have worked together on several movies, including the classic trilogy, The Godfather. The pair have teamed up again for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which hits Netflix on Nov. 27.