Were J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" released in 1981, the year referenced in its title, Al Pacino would likely star as Abel Morales, an immigrant business man hoping to make good on the promise of the American dream in a sea of shady deals and criminal activity. In 2014, it's Oscar Isaac in the lead role, giving a performance more than one critic has compared to vintage Pacino work.
"That has nothing to do with me. Those are their references," Isaac told HuffPost Entertainment when asked about the Pacino comparisons. "But, hey, man, Pacino's one of the greatest of all time. I'm flattered that's where they go in their mind."