The actor just revealed that despite his best efforts to stay true to the book, Netflix refused to let him do it – smoking on screen.
Jacob says that although his character Noah smoked in the novels, Netflix has repeatedly turned down his requests to do so in the film.
“I remember saying, ‘He’s smoking in the book. i have to smoke He needs cigarettes. He’s a bad boy,'” Jacob said in an interview with GQ.
Jacob admits he got a little tense when Netflix told him no, saying he thought it was “bullshit” at the time.
“I remember going to war for this,” he said, adding, “I was like, ‘Are we lying to the damn millions of 14-year-olds out there? This guy smokes nicotine. Here on page four it says – look!'”
Looking back, Jacob says he imagines, “People just said, ‘Jesus condemns Christ. Is this guy serious?’”
“I fought bravely for a cigar. At one point I said, ‘I can have them unlit! They said: ‘No.’ [As if] a bunch of 12 year olds will start smoking cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie]’ Colin explained.
And while these actors were upset that they couldn’t stay true to their characters, it was probably for the better in the end!
You can read everything Jakob had to say here.
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