Legendary director Akira Kurosawa reportedly went to great lengths to make his films seem authentic.
His perfectionism also showed in his approach to costumes: he felt that giving an actor a brand new costume made the character look less than authentic. To resolve this, he often gave his cast their costumes weeks before shooting was to begin and required them to wear them on a daily basis and “bond with them.” In some cases, such as with Seven Samurai, where most of the cast portrayed poor farmers, the actors were told to make sure the costumes were worn down and tattered by the time shooting started.
Reminds me of how Sacha Baron Cohen never washes Borat’s suit.
A stickler for authenticity, during filming he never washed his gray Borat suit and never wore deodorant.
“The smell is an added thing for people to believe that I’m from a country where hygiene wasn’t a necessity,” he explains.
Sometimes it’s the little things.