Margot Robbie told what substances were used to reproduce the “ridiculous” amount of cocaine in Babylon.
Directed by Damien Chazelle (“Obsession”, “La La Land”), a historical comedy drama epic, tells about the ups and downs of several characters during Hollywood’s transition from silent films to “spoken cinema” in the late 1920s.
Despite the fact that it is a reflection of Hollywood’s youth, the film attracted attention with its extended scenes of drug parties and graphic excesses. Speaking to NME, Robbie, who plays Nelly Lara, said she tried to advise Chazelle to reduce the amount of cocaine on screen.
“I think the only comment I gave Damien was… Obviously there’s a lot of drugs in this movie, and I’m playing a character who takes tons of drugs,” Robbie said. “But he made them lay out lines of cocaine the size of a hot dog.
“I thought: “Damien, she would have died. This is an OD situation. People will watch this movie and find out that it’s funny.” And he’s like, “But it’s not reading on camera,” and I’m like, “This is crazy.”
She added: “Actually a couple of friends last night it was the first thing they said. They said: “It’s a little funny how much cocaine there was.”
When Robbie was asked what the white powder used in the film was: “It was either vitamin B powder, powdered sugar, or a baby laxative. In any case, it will hurt after a while.”
The film’s cast also includes Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Gene Smart, Jovan Adepo, Lee June Lee, Katherine Waterston, Tobey Maguire and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In a three – star review , NME wrote: “Robbie and Pitt provide enough star power to bring most viewers to the end credits. Babylon babbles (sorry) beyond its natural conclusion, but what party ever ended when it was supposed to end?”
“Babylon” has already been released in UK cinemas.