Jacob Elordi Fought Netflix For Smoking In ‘Kissing Booth’ Movies

Jacob Elordi is the bad boy of “Euphoria” thanks to his portrayal of Nate Jacobs, which is a far cry from the more wholesome heartthrob the actor portrayed in Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth.” It was the streamer’s rom-com movies that first made Elordi an internet sensation, but the actor told GQ magazine that he pushed Netflix to make his character much edgier. Elordi starred opposite Joey King in “The Kissing Booth,” which was based on the 2012 Beth Reekles novel. Elordi’s character, Noah, smokes in the novel, but Netflix refused to let Elordi smoke on screen.

“I remember saying, ‘He smokes in the book. I need smoke. He needs cigarettes. He is a bad boy,” Elordi said, adding that his repeated requests to smoke in the film were refused by Netflix.

“I was like, ‘This is bullshit!’ I remember going to war for him,” Elordi continued. “I was like, ‘Are we lying to the millions of fucking 14-year-olds? This guy smokes nicotine. He says here on page four: look! I imagine people were like, ‘Jesus, fucking Christ.’ Is this guy serious?’”

Netflix isn’t the only studio that doesn’t want to show smoking in its movies. Colin Farrell revealed that Warner Bros. banned him from smoking as The Penguin in “The Batman,” while Emma Stone went on record that Disney denied his request to smoke in “Cruella.”

“The big studios make big decisions around things like the presence of cigarettes in movies,” Farrell said. “I fought valiantly for a cigarette. At one point I was like, ‘I can turn it off! Just let me turn it off. They were like, ‘No.’ [As if] a lot of 12-year-olds are going to start smoking Cuban cigars because [the Penguin is smoking cigars in a movie.]”

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Elordi starred with King in three “Kissing Booth” movies, the second of which remains the eighth-biggest Netflix original movie of all time with 203.9 million hours watched in its first 28 days. Critics panned the trilogy, but King recently told The Independent that he will never regret his decision to headline the series.

“I couldn’t be more proud of those movies,” King said earlier this month while promoting her new action flick “Bullet Train,” now showing in theaters. “I loved them so much and playing that character made me happy. I will never regret those movies, and I love them so much no matter what anyone else says.”

Although critics loved to criticize “The Kissing Booth” movies, King said Variety in 2020 that the trilogy was “criticism proof”.

“I understand that critics weren’t totally on board with this movie, but that’s the thing: It’s not meant for critics to say, ‘Wow, what a movie!’ It’s meant for people to watch and have a great time,” King said.

“The Kissing Booth” trilogy is streaming on Netflix.

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