Five celebrities who play Dungeons and Dragons
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Dungeons and Dragons was once an obscure tabletop game that was considered quite controversial, but quickly rose to popularity thanks to shows like The Big Bang Theory and stranger things. Since its conception in the 1970s, the game has always followed the same format of people going on adventures, doing quests and solving puzzles.
But it’s not just the nerds at your local game store who are playing the game. Many celebrities have come out and revealed that they too are enjoying this adventure game that forces you to use your imagination to have fun. Some even admitted that they had learned a thing or two and found the game helpful in their careers.
Here are five celebrities known to have played D&D.
5. Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello has never been ashamed to show his love and interest in Dungeons and Dragons. He ran an exclusive J&D campaign filled with executives, game developers, and big names in Hollywood, and invited Variety to one of its celebrity gaming sessions. He is still a fan of the game to this day.
4. Jon Faverau
Jon Favreau took to Jimmy Kimmel to talk about his love for the game. He described his experience as “great preparation for becoming a filmmaker”. From improv comedy to character set-up, even understanding what an audience likes, Favreau believes all of this can be learned through a simple game of Dungeons and Dragons.
Perhaps the family are the fictional townspeople and party members he met throughout Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel has also expressed interest in Dungeons and Dragons. The actor admitted to playing the game when he was younger, including during his spare time working as a bouncer. Featured Diesel J&D as a “training ground for our imaginations” and provided an opportunity to “explore our identities”. Perhaps his fictional adventures gave him the skills to play “family-first” protagonist Dominic Toretto.
2. Etienne Colbert
As part of Red Nose Day 2022, Stephen Colbert has teamed up with the famous D&D group Critical Role in a fun game of D&D. Colbert grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons as a child and he also expressed an interest in high fantasy, particularly the works of JRR Tolkien. According to Colbert, the last time he “rolled the dice” was when he was in senior year and was happy to be back.
1. Matt Mercer
Matthew Mercer is one of the biggest celebrity names to play J&D. Fans hold him up as an example of how to lead a J&D country. His show critical role is usually the first that comes to mind when it comes to J&D Mercer’s live content and DM skills allow his players and audiences to be immersed in the fantastical world he has created.
Dungeons and Dragons is not a game just for nerds and strangers. Even cool kids play it, whether you want to believe it or not. Big celebrities and notable people in Hollywood have taken part in this fantastic adventure not only to learn something but also to have fun with other like-minded people.