At first glance, it might seem like somebody in Hollywood accidentally said the quiet part out loud. Or just yet more proof that Tinseltown, basically, hates us all. Not so, say Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
They claim they have intentionally emasculated the leading men in the movie, but it is most definitely not to score points for wokeness. In an interview with Variety ahead of release, they say that while Michelle Rodriguez’s Holga the Barbarian and Sophia Lillis’ Doric the Druid are front and center in battle more often than the male members of the cast, it is for reasons:
“That was not an attempt at wokeness on our part. Swear to God, it wasn’t. We liked that Holga is the bruiser that does the dirty work for Edgin, and he doesn’t like to get his hands dirty. We also love emasculating leading men.”
They say they wrote the men this way because they find it “funny and fresh” and say it is harder than you think to find male actors willing to play things this way, claiming experiences with male actors in the past who refused to look weak or vulnerable in a movie.
However, they say Chris Pine is always up for laughs and has no problem embarrassing himself for the role. Hugh Grant, who plays the villain Forge Fitzwilliam, adds more detail, saying that none of the main characters are actually very talented:
“I think maybe what I responded to most in their script was that it’s about losers. This little band of comrades, they’re all a bit crap. You are not great at being a bard. And the magician, played by Justice [Smith], is really bad. What do they call magicians in Dungeons & Dragons?… Sorcerer. He’s not much good. And Michelle [Rodriguez’s] character has been thrown out of whatever… And is still in love with her husband, who is in love with someone else.”
We will find out just how emasculated everyone is soon, as Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves hits theaters on March 31, 2023.
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