Emma Stone reveals that Cruella de Vil’s smoking habit has been extinguished in her new prequel due to Disney’s long-term ban
She is known for constantly having a cigarette dangling from a long holder.
But Cruella de Vil had to quit cold turkey for Emma Stone’s new smoke-free prequel Cruella.
The 32-year-old Oscar winner revealed that Disney’s long-term smoking ban was supposed to convert the villain of the 101 Dalmatians in an interview with The New York Times that was published Thursday.
Sniffed Out: Emma Stone, 32, revealed in an interview with The New York Times that Cruella de Vil’s cigarette holder is missing from her new 101 Dalmatians prequel due to Disney’s smoking ban; still from Cruella
Why Cruella shouldn’t light up like she did in the 1961 animated One Hundred And One Dalmatians or the 1996 live-action remake 101 Dalmatians, it’s just time.
“That is not allowed in 2021,” said Emma bluntly with a laugh.
“We are not allowed to smoke on screen in a Disney movie,” she added. “It was difficult not to have that cigarette holder.”
The ban on smoking onscreen images first became standard for the family-friendly company in 2007, more than a decade after Glenn Close conned as Cruella de Vil in the live-action remake and sequel to 2000’s 102 Dalmatians.
Not allowed: ‘That is not allowed in 2021’, Emma said bluntly about smoking. The practice was absent from Disney movies dating back to 2007; seen May 18 in LA
Quit: In 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger said smoking would also be banned by Disney subsidiaries, including Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar; still from Cruella
In 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholders’ meeting that not only would all Disney films be smoke-free, but all films from other companies owned by the company.
Marvel’s superheroes aren’t going to light up anytime soon, and neither will characters in Pixar and Lucasfilm movies (which is making the Star Wars series).
The studio was even under pressure to ban smoking in new projects from 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox) after they bought it.
Anti-smoking activists are so far trying to ban smoking only in films rated up to PG-13, leaving R-rated films alone, said The New York Times.
The studio makes more movies aimed at adults than any of Disney’s other subsidiaries, so the intended audience may be less affected by depictions of smoking.
Case in point: “I was so excited to have that green plume of smoke in it, but it wasn’t possible,” said Emmas. “I don’t want to promote smoking, but I also try not to advertise the skinning of puppies”; still from Cruella
According to Emma, it was a real defeat not to let her character show off some of her most recognizable traits.
“I was so excited to have that green plume of smoke in it, but it wasn’t possible,” she said. “I don’t want to promote smoking, but I also try not to promote puppies skinning.”
The La La Land star also opened up about her connection to Cruella, the alter ego of meek fashion designer Estella.
Her character initially dyes her hair red for attention, and the actress, who is a natural blonde, rose to fame for her breakthrough role in 2007’s Superbad.
Part of what drew her to the role was that it was her first real villain, after playing characters flirting with the dark side in the Netflix miniseries Maniac and the Oscar-winning dark comedy from The Favorite.
‘I really enjoyed this stage of playing with these women who care much less about what people think of them, and at the same time work on that in my life. It’s definitely been a nice symbiotic relationship, ‘she said.
Take a chance: The actress also shared that she was attracted to Cruella for being her first real villain. “I really enjoyed this stage of playing with these women who are much less concerned with what people think of them …” she said; still from Cruella