Dungeons & Dragons Screenwriters said WHAT about Male Leads???

by 03.06.2023

The Dungeons & Dragons Movie Intentionally Emasculates Its Leading Men

The Dungeons & Dragons movie’s writing team reveal they intentionally ’emasculated’ the leading men in the film and put the women on the front lines.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ writing team John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein revealed they intentionally “emasculated” the film’s leading men, though not for “wokeness.”

While speaking with Variety, Daley and Goldstein discussed how Michelle Rodriguez’s Holga the Barbarian and Sophia Lillis’ Doric the Druid tend to engage in the frontlines of battle compared to their male party members. “That was not an attempt at wokeness on our part,” Goldstein said. Daley elaborated, saying, “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.”

After reiterating that the reasons did not pertain to “woke” thinking, the pair explained that they wrote the men that way because they find it “funny and fresh,” pointing to Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman’s character Date Night, which Daley and Goldstein also wrote. They also aimed to do something similar with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming. “We like our male heroes to be challenged and not simply heroic,” Goldstein explained.

It’s something that the pair found surprisingly difficult to achieve with leading actors in their films. While they did not name names, they noted that they’d had experiences with a couple of male actors in the past who refused to look weak or vulnerable in a film. However, they had the opposite problem with Chris Pine, who plays Edgin the Bard in the movie. Instead, Pine reportedly enjoyed making himself look “as bad as possible, almost to a fault,” to the point the team had to remind him he had to look heroic in some scenes.

Regardless of the part each member of the DnD adventuring party plays, actor Hugh Grant, who plays the rogue Forge Fitzwilliam in the film, noted that none of the main characters are particularly good at what they do. “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,” Grant said. “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.”

https://www.cbr.com/dnd-movie-emasculates-leading-men-not-woke/

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