The actor just revealed that despite his best efforts to stay true to the book, there was one thing Netflix refused to let him do: on-screen smoking.
Jacob says that even though his character Noah smoked in the novels, Netflix repeatedly refused his requests to do so in the film.
“I remember saying, ‘He smokes in the book. I need to smoke. He needs cigarettes. He’s a bad boy,'” Jacob said in an interview with QG.
Jacob admits he got a little intense when Netflix told him no, saying at the time he thought it was “bullshit”.
“I remember going to war for this,” he said, adding, “I was like, ‘Are we lying to the fucking millions of 14-year-olds over there? This guy smokes nicotine. It says here on page four – look!'”
Looking back, Jacob says he imagines “people were like, ‘Jesus fucking Christ. Is this guy serious?'”
“I fought valiantly for a cigar. At one point I said, ‘I can put it out! Just let me turn it off. They were like, ‘No.’ [As if] a group of 12 year olds are going to start smoking cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie]”, Colin explained.
And while these actors may have been upset that they couldn’t stay true to their characters, it was probably for the best in the end!