Who will watch the Watchmen smoke?

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen is acclaimed for its stunning attention to detail in script, art, and characterization. Zack Snyder’s film adaptation is reported to pay “insane attention” to the original comic, so we can expect to see many of those details translated to the screen. One of them won’t be appearing, however. Laurie Juspeczyk, the Silk Spectre, won’t be smoking her signature pipes. From an interview:

Where were Laurie’s smokes, Zack?

“Yeah, Alan hates smoking. Alan Horn – the head of the studio – that’s his biggest, biggest thing. The Comedian can smoke, because he might be a bad guy, he’s the bad guy, but that’s it. That was the line that he drew.”

But aren’t those kind of a small plot device for the character to watch her go on and off the wagon?

“I was sad, but it was either that or…the movie wouldn’t have been made, literally.”

Alan Horn’s prohibition is absurdly fanatical, but at least he had a choice in the matter. Indian filmmakers labored under an on-screen smoking ban until a court overturned the law last month on free expression grounds.

[Thanks, Jason!]

Update 2/2/09: To whet your appetite for the film, here’s BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin talking with Zack Snyder and visual effects supervisor Des Jardin about the adaptation and showing a few clips.

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