If you don't smoke, or have never sampled something of the harder variety, chances are you've been tempted towards these forbidden fruits thanks to the movies' less law abiding citizens. I mean, we've all seen Blow, right?
Luckily there are veteran prop masters around like Jeff Butcher who can firmly bust that bubble of cool for you. Sharing a few movie secrets with UpVoted, Butler has fessed up about what actors and actresses are actually smoking on screen and, spoilers, it 'ain't the hard stuff.
This you can try at home...
"You used to be able to call up a company and say, ‘I’m doing a movie and need cigarettes,’ and they would send you a case. For the movie Mystery Train, I remember getting a giant case of Silk Cut cigarettes and we all smoked them.”
In more health-conscious times however, actors are no longer so down with puffing away on cigarettes, so alternatives have to be sourced... from rather unexpected places.
“A couple years ago, I worked on Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, who is a former smoker and didn’t want to be smoking cigarettes. So I got vape cigarettes, which I think we ended up not using. And we made cigarettes, hand-rolled them with a machine using chamomile tea. So he smoked tea.”
James Franco recommended a company to Butler which stocks a lot of:
“high grade, low priced legal bud. The stuff they used on Pineapple Express came from this place.”
So, with that tip off, he bought a load for the movie Going The Distance, starring Drew Barrymore.
“She smoked it and started behaving in a silly fashion. The director came to me in a panic and was like ‘You’ve gotta do something! She’s so stoned!’ I think it was character acting.”
In the clip above you can see Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly merrily snorting their pupils away in Requiem For A Dream, but little did we know that it was probably a vitamin B powder named 'inositol' they were shoving up their nostrils.
The vitamin apparently gives actors a “slight energy lift,” an effect Darren Aronofsky, the director of The Wrestler, neglected to tell Mickey Rourke who promptly "freaked out."
“He was like, ‘I have anxiety issues — now you tell me? He was truly upset. But he was okay a couple minutes later.”
What's your favorite piece of insane movie trivia?