Emma Stone on why Cruella's signature item was removed

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Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

Cruella actress Emma Stone has addressed the removal of her character's signature cigarette holder in Disney's live-action prequel.

Throughout both the classic 1961 animation and 1996 remake of 101 Dalmatians (starring Glenn Close), the monstrous Cruella de Vil could be seen puffing away whilst terrorising the protagonists and their litter of spotted dogs.

Acknowledging Cruella's lack of smoking in her 2021 version, Stone recently told The New York Times: "That is not allowed in 2021. We are not allowed to smoke onscreen in a Disney film. It was difficult to not have that cigarette holder."

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

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A little plaintive on the subject, the Oscar-winning star continued: "I was so excited to have that green plume of smoke in there, but it was not possible.

"I don't want to promote smoking, but I'm also not trying to promote skinning puppies."

Meanwhile, Digital Spy awarded the movie two stars in our review, which read: "Disney is hampered by its own family-friendly limitations. A true character study about Cruella, especially taking into account the bizarre post-credit scene, aimed at an older audience (geriatric millennials!) might actually be worth watching.

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

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"Cruella as it is, though, is the movie version of fast fashion – it may look good but the substance isn't quite there. The magic is really in watching Stone and [Emma] Thompson go tête-à-tête to a soundtrack of The Stooges in punk-haute couture, while the rest of the movie sort of exists in the background."

Cruella is out in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

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