NBC Says CONSTANTINE Will Have To Kick His Smoking Habit


constantineJohn Constantine is a chain-smoking, trench coat wearing, foul-mouthed fighter of the supernatural. The Hellblazer is known for his hard living and even harder head. When he comes to network television later this year, it appears he’ll only have to drop one of his bad habits to please the network. Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall has said that everyone’s favorite antihero from Liverpool won’t be smoking in his new series. The show will get to be as dark and horrific as is wishes, if that’s any consolation to the hardcore fans.

Speaking to Collider on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards, Marshall was asked the big question. Executive producer David Goyer had said earlier this year that they were negotiating with NBC about whether or not John could smoke on his show, but Marshall reveals that apparently didn’t work out. They had to compromise and let the cigarettes go so they could keep some of the darker elements. The director said, “No we’re not. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess.  On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network.  That’s one of his character traits.  We’re working around that.  We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible.  We’ll see.

constantineIn the comics Constantine got lung cancer and concocted a big plan to trick three different demons by selling them his soul. Discovering his trick and realizing Constantine‘s death would ignite a war to collect on the soul where God was the only winner, the demons cured Constantine‘s cancer. If the series took place after some variation of these events, it would make sense John has kicked the habit. When asked about that possibility, Marshall said he didn’t know where the story is going past the pilot and his episode has no mention of cancer. While smoking is one of Constantine‘s character traits and it may disappoint some to see that dropped, the trailer for the show seems to have perfectly captured all the other important elements of the series. Marshall assured that things will be dark and disturbing:

Hannibal is on NBC, and that’s pretty dark and disturbing.  Whatever the regulations are, you can be as dark and disturbing as you want and we’re going to go in that direction.  The intention is to be as dark and scary as possible with the show.  And that was our whole kind of plan going in, to make it scary.  So we’re going to explore all kinds of things.  But the smoking is very frustrating.  Who knows where it will go; where the story will go; where the character will go?  There’s still lots of options.

So we get a darker, disturbing, and more faithful adaptation of Constantine minus the smoking. While most would agree with Marshall‘s assessment that it’s frustrating, fans may look over that fact if the show keeps in line with other things as it appears to do in the trailers and TV spots. What do you think about Constantine having to go cold turkey?

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Source : Collider