Hugh Grant, who stars as Forge Fitzwilliam the Rogue in the upcoming movie, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, shared his opinion about one of the tabletop RPG’s iconic races.
During a promotional interview with Fandango, the new film’s cast discussed a wealth of behind-the-scenes information with one question focusing on the actor’s favorite creatures. While Michelle Rodriguez praised the Dragonborn, calling them “awesome,” Grant stated that he “found them annoying” because they continually upstaged him, drawing attention away from his performance. He even went as far as to say that he would’ve cut all the Dragonborn from Honor Among Thieves.
“I remember doing a close-up and thinking, ‘I am rather good in this shot.’ And then I went to look at the monitor, to see how marvelous I’d been, and in the background, one of these bloody dragon things walks through the background of the shot,” Grant said. “And you think, ‘What’s that?’ And obviously, no one’s listening or looking at me. They’re… I’m upstaged by this creature. So I would have cut all those out.”
Dragonborn in Dungeons & Dragons
Dragonborn first appeared in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 (2003) and went on to become one of the primary races players can select during character creation in Dungeons & Dragons 4e. In Dungeons & Dragons 5e, choosing this race provides stat increases for Strength and Charisma as well as a Breath Weapon dependent on the type of dragon. Red and Gold Dragonborn, for example, breathe fire, while Bronze and Blue Dragonborn breathe lightning.
Rodriguez’s and Grant’s unique feelings about Dragonborn aren’t the only interesting pieces of information the Honor Among Thieves cast revealed in the buildup to the film’s debut in March. Notably, Chris Pine, who portrays Edgin the Bard, confirmed that bards are in fact his favorite Dungeons & Dragons class during a Q&A at the SXSW Film Festival. “I love being a bard so much,” he explained. “No preparation. Lots of smiling.”
Moreover, during a panel at Brazil CCXP, Justice Smith, who brings Simon the Sorcerer to life in Honor Among Thieves, detailed how he incorporated a special surprise into his performance in order to make the magic feel authentic. “I do a lot of spellcasting in the film, and I worked with this lovely choreographer to create unique gestures for each spell. And I know a bit of sign language, so I try to incorporate that [into] it,” the actor stated. “Whatever the spell does, I try to incorporate the word in sign language into the gesture of this spell. Not for every gesture.”
Honor Among Thieves will incorporate some of the tabletop RPG’s most recognizable spells like Animate Object, Shield and Scorching Ray. A clip released ahead of the movie’s premiere spotlights some of the pitfalls that come with casting Speaking With the Dead.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves begins its theatrical adventure on March 31.