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Chris Pine Advocates For 'Dungeons And Dragons' To Be Played In Schools

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By Afouda Bamidele on April 1, 2023 at 2:00 AM EDT

Chris Pine has a surprising take on "Dungeons and Dragons."

First introduced in the 1970s, it quickly gained a cult following among gamers. It involved players creating their characters and embarking on adventures in a fictional world, where they must use their skills and imagination to overcome obstacles and defeat enemies. The renowned Hollywood actor known for his roles in blockbusters such as "Star Trek" believes that introducing the game to school children will be beneficial. 

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Chris Pine Champions Introduction Of "Dungeons And Dragons" To Schools

The game has since evolved into a complex system of rules, with numerous expansions and variations, and has become a cornerstone of modern gaming culture. This classic tabletop role-playing romp has gained immense popularity over the years, attracting millions of players worldwide who have recognized its character-building and acting-friendly nature. 

Pine, who portrays Edgin Darvis in "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," believes these benefits make it an ideal addition to school curriculums, as explained in an exclusive interview.

As the recent adaptation was not the first to be released, Slash Films asked the 42-year-old if he was curious about the changes in culture surrounding "D&D" and how he felt about it now compared to when he was younger.

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Chris Pine at Los Angeles Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' ''Dungeons And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves''
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The "Wonder Woman" star responded by expressing uncertainty to the question but offered insight into his experience with the game, which he noted was relatively new. "My entry point into it is my nephew, who's a huge player, and he's played for six years with the same group of kids, with the same Dungeon Masters," he revealed. 

The "Unstoppable" actor further stated that the youngster had even created his campaigns and maps and led the family through one he wrote. Pine pointed out the accessibility of the game, particularly for actors, as it involved elements of acting, role-playing, and improvisation.

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He mentioned having a revelatory experience when they first played it together as a family and realized that the idea of it being "geeky" or "nerdy" was misguided. The star explained further, saying:

"the gospel of Dungeons & Dragons that I think is so important to know, why I think it should be played in schools, is that it immediately teaches cooperation. It exercises the imagination. It's joyous; it's improvisational."

He concluded by asserting that it was one of the "coolest things" he had encountered in a long time. Pine's ability to transition from one character to another, although the genre, makes his vote of confidence in the game one to adhere to. 

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During the premiere of the action-adventure comedy at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, Pine teased a return to the world of "The Princess Diaries." In a red carpet exclusive with ET, the "Just My Luck" star spoke with Will Marfuggi about recent developments regarding "Princess Diaries 3."

Chris Pine at Kimmel
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As fans would recall, he played the role of a rival to the throne for Anne Hathaway's character in the 2004 film "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," eventually becoming her friend and love interest.

The actor expressed his interest in returning to the franchise when the time came by enthusiastically stating, "Yeah, I'm here! I'm here for it. Give me a phone call or an email." He also noted that if he were to participate in a future sequel, he would make a few changes to his character's hairstyle by opting for a "low-profile hair helmet." 

Chris Pine Addresses Controversial 'Spitgate' Incident With Harry Styles 

At the beginning of the month, The Blast shared that the "Confession" star spoke out about the rumors surrounding an alleged incident between him and the singer at the Venice Film Festival. 

Last year, a viral video showed Styles spitting on Pine during the event. The clip, which was only 11 seconds long, caused so much of a frenzy that the theater star decided to address it. According to PEOPLE, the older actor's representative believedwas causing unnecessary drama. 

The statement from his camp stated, "This is a ridiculous story — a complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is deceiving and allows for foolish speculation."

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The report continued to clarify that there was "nothing but respect" between the two actors and any suggestion of drama was a blatant attempt to create controversy where none exists.

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