Jacob Elordi Apparently Got Really Intense About Netflix Not Letting Him Smoke In "The Kissing Booth"

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Jacob Elordi went to war with Netflix to keep his character from The Kissing Booth authentic.

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The actor just revealed that despite all his efforts to stay true to the book, there was one thing that Netflix refused to let him do — smoke onscreen.

Jacob Elordi standing against bushes
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Jacob says that even though his character Noah smoked in the novels, Netflix repeatedly turned down his requests to do it in the movie.

Jacob Elordi smiling and talknig to a girl on campus in "The Kissing Booth"
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"I remember saying, 'He smokes in the book. I need to smoke. He needs to have cigarettes. He's a bad boy,'" Jacob said in an interview with GQ.

Jacob Elordi riding a motorcycle with a girl, who is kissing him
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Jacob admits he got a little intense when Netflix told him no, saying that at the time he thought it was "bullshit."

Jacob Elordi standing by a window
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"I remember going to war for it," he said, adding, "I was like, 'Are we lying to the fucking millions of 14-year-olds out there? This guy smokes nicotine. It says here on page four – look!'"

Jacob Elordi at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Looking back, Jacob says he imagines "people were just like, 'Jesus fucking Christ. Is this guy serious?'"

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But Netflix isn’t the only studio who bans smoking onscreen. Colin Farrell says he was banned him from smoking as Penguin in The Batman, and Emma Stone revealed that Disney wouldn't let her have a cigarette holder in Cruella.

Colin Farrell  at a premiere
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"I fought valiantly for a cigar. At one stage I said, 'I can have it unlit! Just let me have it unlit.' They were like, 'No.' [As if] a bunch of 12-year-olds are going to start smoking Cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie]," Colin explained.

Colin Farrell as the Penguin
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And while these actors may have been upset they weren't able to stay true to their characters, it was probably for the better in the end!

You can read all that Jacob had to say here.