Constantine not allowed to smoke in the NBC series
Director Neil Marshall has confirmed that John Constantine is not allowed to smoke on network TV...
They got the mac, the crumpled suit, the blonde hair and the (sort of) Scouse accent, but NBC has forbidden one aspect of John Constantine's Hellblazer character from being translated to the small screen: the exorcist will not be smoking in the forthcoming series.
Producer David S. Goyer was asked about Constantine's many-a-day habit when the series was first announced and said the chain-smoking was under negotiation with NBC. Those negotiations must have been lost by the creative team, because pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones) has confirmed that the newest iteration of John Constantine will not be a smoker.
Marshall described the smoking ban as "very frustrating" in an interview with Collider, explaining, "It's the one thing, a compromise I guess, On network [TV] t's the one thing. You can't smoke on network."
The Constantine team is however, "working around that", according to Marshall. "We're trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We'll see".
Read more about Constantine on Den Of Geek, here.
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