SXSW: Regé-Jean Page’s hotness has women swooning at Dungeons & Dragons
At the film’s SXSW premiere, a female audience member asked a pressing question: Why does this film have “beautiful men?”
The SXSW Film Festival kicked off Friday with a Thirst Trap premiere at the Paramount Theater in Austin. “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” the Paramount Pictures title that served as the opening night film, has a lot of it: owl bears, fat dragons, Hugh Grant. It also features Regé-Jean Page, who participated in the Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.
A woman calling herself “Rochelle from Detroit” cut to directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Francis Goldstein: “Can you talk a little bit about the decision to cast beautiful men? I just want to know if this was “Revenge of the Nerds”? It’s a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie, after all, and yet it stars Page, Chris Pine, and Justice Smith, none of whom look like the kind of “Stranger Things” geek you’d expect D&D to be.
Rochelle then asked for “something every woman in the room wants” and asked for a photo with the “Bridgerton” star. He happily complied, after which she passed out in the hallway. (Well.)
He then told the audience that it was a “fantastic movie” and although he had never played D&D “and probably still won’t,” he agreed to tell everyone in Detroit to see it.
Page is not the star of “Honor Among Thieves”; he has a few scenes in a scene-stealing supporting role as Xenk, the mighty Paladin. While her character has no sense of humor and can’t stand the “colloquialisms,” Page, along with the actor, Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Sophia Lillis and Daisy Head, easily grabbed attention.
The lively crowd greeted everyone warmly, but was especially loud for Page (just like he did in his first appearance in the film).
During the Q&A, Rodriguez giggled uncontrollably when a young woman in the audience mentioned she was a LARPer in Austin, and the two discussed Burning Man, which maybe only they fully understood, but the crowd ate it up regardless.
Pine said that in addition to playing D&D with the cast, he also played with his family, namely his 82-year-old father, who took on the role of Warrior in one campaign. According to Pine, D&D is very much a game of actors, as it encourages people who are willing to say “Yes, and” to each new round of the game.
The directors also acknowledged a film student from Alaska who said they saw the tweets he sent them and encouraged him to follow his dreams and tell stories.
“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is released on Friday, March 31 by Paramount Pictures.
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