Speaking with GQ the actor recalled his passionate attempts to stay faithful to the YA novel, "I remember saying, 'He smokes in the book. I need to smoke. He needs to have cigarettes. He's a bad boy.'"
When he was told that was not possible, "I was like, 'This is bulls---!' I remember going to war for it. I was like, 'Are we lying to the f---ing millions of 14-year-olds out there? This guy smokes nicotine. It says here on page four—look!' I imagine people were just like, 'Jesus f---ing Christ. Is this guy serious?'"
But he was ... completely serious. "For me," Elordi told the mag, "acting is breathing."
HBO, however, let him go the bad boy route -- or rather bad guy -- in "Euphoria."
Meanwhile, according to his "He Went That Way" costar Zachary Quinto, Elordi is a very serious guy. Quinto said the actor carries around philosophy books, which he believes sets the young star apart from his peers: "We live in a time which is so defined by social media and by, you know, more frivolous pursuits than Nietzsche."