What Actors Actually Use When Taking Drugs In Movies

What Actors Actually Use When Taking Drugs In Movies

Try to act surprised: Al Pacino didn’t really
snort cocaine in Scarface. Just as shootouts in movies are all staged, the countless drugs
consumed on-screen over the years aren’t real. Prop masters have come up with all kinds of
crazy concoctions to make cinematic contraband look as close as possible to the real thing.
We’re about to narc on all the fake drugs you see on the silver screen. Oh, and just so we’re clear? Don’t take any
drugs—authentic or otherwise. “Don’t smoke crack” Marijuana Let’s start things off with weed. Veteran
Hollywood prop master Jeff Butcher revealed to Upvoted that he’s ordered fake marijuana—also
known hilariously as “wizard weed”—from a company called International Oddities so
he could stuff bags of movie weed. How kind is their fake bud? They provided the prop
marijuana in Pineapple Express on James Franco’s personal recommendation. For scenes featuring joints, most movies use
either wizard weed or herbal cigarettes. While we’re on the subject, remember that awesome
scene in Zombieland, where the characters get high and do…well…this? “See you on the other side Pete” “It’s so disgusting!” “Don’t cross the streams!” Sorry to disappoint you, but that smoke was
produced by the insides of plain ol’ herbal cigarettes, dumped into a hookah. The fake
stuff might not leave you craving Funyuns, but it certainly looks the part. Cocaine The Hollywood version of coke is pretty harmless—to
an extent. During a Q&A session hosted by Bryan Cranston, Jonah Hill revealed just what
happened to him on the set of The Wolf of Wall Street after he snorted too much of the
fake stuff: “I got bronchitis for a month and a half horribly,
because the cocaine that we snorted was vitamin B, and I had snorted so much vitamin B that
my lungs had gotten infected with bronchitis and I was sick for a month and a half.” And while Jeff Butcher says that vitamin B
is one of the most commonly used cocaine substitutes for movies, prop masters have turned to all
kinds of other alternatives when making on-set powder. Other films have used mixtures of
baking soda, powdered sugar, and powdered milk to get things just right. But Scarface
co-star Steven Bauer once revealed just what it was that covered Tony Montana’s desk: baby
laxative. That explains a lot. If you had to snort that
much baby laxative, you’d probably react this way too: “Say hello to my little friend!” Heroin Just like Hollywood’s fake cocaine, common
household items and cooking ingredients are often mixed and put into baggies to simulate
heroin. Of course, things get a little trickier when movies show people taking close-up injections
of the junk. In an interview with The Daily Beast, propmaster
Gordon Fitzgerald explained how they filmed the heroin injection scenes in Danny Boyle’s
Trainspotting from 1996. Fitzgerald recalled taking a slightly-dyed liquid and injecting
it into an artificial arm. Of course, these prosthetics have make-up and small amounts
of hair applied—and even fake blood—to make you forget you’re watching make-believe. Cigarettes For decades, cigarettes featured on film were
the real thing—until the government and tobacco companies clashed over product placement
rules for potentially harmful substances. Studies found that, for younger viewers, watching
characters smoke in movies often increased the likelihood of picking up the habit in
real life. Faking cigarette smoking is a lot tougher
than you might realize. Just as they’re used to simulate pot, herbal cigarettes have become
the go-to choice, especially for shows like Mad Men. But sometimes other alternatives
are necessary. Jeff Butcher explained that the prop department on 2014’s Non-Stop made
hand-rolled cigarettes filled with chamomile tea for former-smoker Liam Neeson. Alcohol While alcohol is perfectly legal, you don’t
want your actors getting sloshed after the twelfth take. Various teas are served at room
temperature to simulate the darker forms of the hard stuff. To replace beer, films usually just rely on
non-alcoholic brews, like O’Douls. Clear drinks like vodka tend to be just water,
but off-color shots usually have to be a mix of different liquids, like apple juice and
Pellegrino. Then again, rumor has it that John Belushi’s
whiskey chug in Animal House was real, and we can’t help loving him even more for it. “Ah, thanks, I needed that.” Meth The Hollywood version of crank, ice, meth—or
whatever the kids call it nowadays—isn’t real either. A behind-the-scenes AMC video
reveals that the meth featured on Breaking Bad is actually… homemade rock candy. And as actor Bryan Cranston explains in this
Entertainment Weekly video, the sweet stuff can be just as addictive: “But on nights when it’s labor intensive and
16th hour we start taking a little sugar.” Of course, getting people hooked on rock candy
makes perfect sense for the guy who used to play a TV dentist. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube
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