Even with a miniscule make-up budget of only $250, 'Dallas Buyers Club' went on to win the Oscar for best make-up and hairstyling!
The make-up budget for the movie 'Dallas Buyers Club' was an astonishingly low $250.
Not $250 to create the skin rashes of AIDS patients in the 1980's. The $250 were not allocated to drastically transform Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto from healthy to near-death AIDS patients up to five times a day either.
The very small budget was for ALL the make-up and hair of the entire cast of the movie, including all extras!
There was so little money allocated to make-up artist Robin Mathews that she had to come up with ingenious ways to create things that a bigger budget movie would use prosthetics for.
She borrowed grits and cornmeal from her mother's pantry to create the seborrheic dermatitis – a rash that AIDS patients suffer from. She didn't even have enough money in her budget to buy those ingredients!
Matthew and Jared had to lose 40 pounds for the movie, but at some stage, when the medication is supposed to kick in, they were supposed to look 25 pounds heavier. Those 25 pounds were added to them by Robin using paint and powder and "dental plumpers" for McConaughey.
According to Robin the Academy Members gasped when they heard what the budget was and Dallas Byers Club went on to win the award for best make-up and hair-styling.