Constantine actor Matt Ryan says he was kicked out of his Comic-Con hotel for smoking via twitter.
The actor notes the irony in the incident since he’s playing a noted chain smoker. Of course, in the television adaptation of the comic, the character will not be seen smoking due to network constraints. But as executive producer David S. Goyer explained:
We can show him putting out and lighting up. Our hope – our fervent hope – is that fans will see that and appreciate the attempt. Because, look, we can’t change broadcasting standards, but what we can do is try to get away with as much as we can… I mean, he’ll talk about it – he is a smoker. We’re not saying he’s not a smoker. It’s not inconceivable that we could do, in another season, a version of that ‘Dangerous Habits’ storyline.
Since reintroducing the character in the New 52 following the cancellation of Hellblazer, DC Entertainment has been trying to clean up Constantine’s image.
Constantine premiere’s on October 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind. But when demons target Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight,” an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences, is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. And now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world – and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.