Chris Pine not only knows about the fearsome beings from the afterlife from his new movie “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”. The actor speaks to Blue News about ghosts, music and Star Trek.
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- Chris Pine stars in the new Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie.
- The “Star Trek” star plays poet Edgin.
- Blue News caught up with the actor in Berlin ahead of the fantasy premiere.
There is plenty of activity on the first floor of the Hotel Adlon-Kepinski in Berlin. The cast of “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is in the German capital to present their film. Reporters, managers and security men scurry through the corridors. Everything is meticulously recorded.
However, Hollywood star Chris Pine wasn’t bothered by the hype surrounding him and his co-stars. The actor enters the room with tea in his hand and greets them in a friendly manner. But not much time for friendliness in Berlin, Pine then has to go to the designer for the premiere of “Dungeons & Dragons” in the evening. And so the interview begins as soon as he sits down at the table.
Your new movie is based on the game of the same name. Remember when you first heard about “Dungeons & Dragons”?
That was when I was just a kid. At the time, I wasn’t really interested in it. I immersed myself in board games and became more interested in sports. My nephew introduced me to D&D some time ago. He loves the game, writes his own campaigns and even draws his own maps. Then I watched him play, and I was blown away by how creative he was. The interaction and improvisation are great.
How did that influence your decision to act in the film?
It gave me a glimpse of the power a movie can have in this world. The best compliment I’ve received from D&D fans so far is that the movie captures the feel of gameplay. This is exactly what we want to achieve, so it makes me very happy. Creativity, improvisation, fun and coherence – what you find in the game you also find in the movie.
Indeed, the characters have to improvise a lot, almost all of their plans go wrong. Do you plan ahead in life?
I’m trying to find a balance between the chaos of the universe and my need for structure. When I was younger I tried to bring order to my life. I’ve learned that you can’t quite do that. That’s why I can laugh when all my plans fail.
The world of D&D is inhabited by many mythical creatures such as monsters, ghosts, and demons. Have you ever had a supernatural encounter in real life?
You have contacted spirits. I shot a movie in New Mexico many years ago. I slept in the hotel where we were shooting. After a day of shooting, I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night and saw a woman walk through the door, directly towards me.
She had no face and her hair was on fire. I was frozen. The next day I talked about my mask experience. That’s when my classmate said he got up at 3 am and there was a faceless woman in his room. That was a formative experience for me, and from then on I definitely believed in ghosts. There are many things in this world that we do not understand.
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Chris Pine was born in Los Angeles, California in 1980. His parents were both actors. After smaller roles, including in “ER” and “CSI: Miami,” he celebrated his breakthrough in 2009 with “Star Trek.” After that, he was seen in the blockbuster movies like ‘Wonder Woman’ or ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. He will also be directing his next movie, “The Poolboy”.
Scary encounter. Are you more afraid at night now?
In fact, I did the opposite. I find it interesting that something like this exists. Sure, seeing a ghost is scary right now. But I knew at that moment that this spirit was not dangerous. It wasn’t like a horror movie. Rather, I felt her frustration and felt sorry for her. I find such things wonderful. I recently read that doctors have found a new organ in the human body in 2021. This shows that we only imagine that we know a lot about life.
You play the poet in the movie. How did you prepare your voice for this?
Unfortunately very little. My singing skills hurt me a bit when I watch the movie. My voice is not very good. The producers asked me up front if I wanted to take singing lessons before filming. But I thought it was best for my character that he wasn’t a particularly good singer. When I hear my singing in the movie now, I’m not sure if it was the right decision.
What is your relationship to music in real life?
You play a huge role in my life. I play guitar and have a huge record collection. I like to pretend time stands still in my house in 1962. I love all things representational, which is why I’m so fond of vinyl.
What is your favorite thing to listen to?
I love jazz 60s bebop jazz is my favorite genre. But when I go to training, I prefer hip-hop. It always depends on what I do. When I play music at home, it’s always jazz. Whenever I’m listening to something with lyrics, I usually get pretty distracted, so this genre fits in perfectly with my spare time. But Frank Sinatra must be in the shower. I like to sing on a “foggy day”.
You can be seen in blockbusters as well as in small projects or on the theatrical stage. Are you trying hard to find a balance between superstar and artist?
I don’t think I consciously navigate between these two poles. I just try to do things that bring me joy. Whether it’s a blockbuster or a niche movie: As long as it’s fun, I’m in for it. When I look at my filmography, I like that there are differences between the projects. To be honest, I also did a movie or two because I thought it would be good for my career. But this did not bear fruit. So I just follow my nose. If you click, they click.
Click around your turn Like Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies. I’ve already embodied the cult figure three times.
I would also like to do it for the fourth time. I actually think there are plans for another Trek movie. However, I am personally not privy to these decisions and will unfortunately be one of the last to know. But I would be very happy if it would work again.
The Dungeons & Dragons universe also offers franchise potential. Will you be ready for part two?
Edgin the Bard is a role that I really enjoy, so I would love to do it! The world of “Dungeons and Dragons” is huge and offers a lot of material for good stories. We didn’t exhaust that with a two-hour movie.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is now showing in all Blue Cinemas.
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