Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Prop masters explain how they make fake movie cocaine look real
Hopes & Fears has published an interview with Kevin Finn and Natalie Hearns about all of the work that goes into making fake cocaine look real. Finn and Hearns aren’t shady drug dealers looking to cut their coke and up their profits, but Hollywood prop masters. Their entire job is based around making things that are fake look not-fake when on screen, even in brutal HD.
So while they don’t cut real cocaine for a living, they do use a similar substance to make the fake white stuff: inositol, a B-vitamin compound. Inositol is what professional scumbags use when cutting down cocaine’s purity, along with “lactose powder, baby powder, crushed baby laxatives, all kinds of nasty shit.”
They also describe the amount of prosthetics that go into helping folks blow their blow, rather than snorting it. To avoid having to inhale any powdery substances, some actors use …