How are scenes in movies with drug use made?

How are scenes in films about drug use made?


Scene from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street

Most drinks are replaced based on color. Water replaces cachaça and vodka. Non-carbonated tea or guarana replace whiskey, drinks are made with water and dyes and beer is replaced by non-alcoholic beer.

When the actors need to smoke, regular cigarettes are the ones without nicotine. At the time of marijuana, regular tobacco, herbal (herbal) cigarettes or marijuana without the active ingredient THC can be used – so that no one gets high.

In the scenes where it is enough to show cocaine, we use wheat flour or icing sugar. But if the actor has to inhale the “drug”, the most commonly used is saline powder. It looks like cocaine and is safe for the actor to inhale.

Another tactic is to apply Vaseline to the roller where the drug is drawn: when the actor sniffs it, much of the powder will stick to it and not reach the nose. In Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill snorted vitamin B during filming.

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