20DREW BARRYMORE HELPED GET THE MOVIE MADE
While the movie wasn't a financial success immediately, the interest in the project was still there, and despite some bumps in the road, it eventually found the success that early backers believed it was capable of.
It was Drew Barrymore who help secure the financing for the movie. Because of her interest in the movie and funding, Donnie Darko had a $4.5 million dollar budget.
Barrymore is no stranger to genre movies, having starred in films like E.T. and Firestarter. It was an unconventional movie and a
In the movie, Barrymore's character is central to getting Donnie and Gretchen together.
Without their relationship, it's possible that Donnie wouldn't have had enough motivation to complete his task of saving both the primary and tangent universe.