Joe Manganiello Credits Love of Dungeons and Dragons for The Spine of Night Casting

When talking about his involvement in the animated horror movie, the ‘Magic Mike’ actor touches on his work as game designer in the fantasy genre for Hasbro.

AceShowbizJoe Manganiello has turned his love of video games into a fledgling career. The actor is a huge fan of “Dungeons and Dragons” and believes he was hired for the new movie “The Spine of Night” because of his work in the fantasy genre for games company Hasbro.

“I think they knew about my work in the fantasy genre, namely Dungeons & Dragons and even Hasbro – I’ve been a game designer for them,” he told Variety. “I helped redesign this board game called HeroQuest; it’s basically Dungeons & Dragons in a box.”

“I was hired by Dungeons & Dragons, initially, as a consultant. That started a friendship with the company, in which I then got to write storylines for adventure modules, and create characters that led to action figures and toys that are sold in toy stores.”

“I got to redesign a lot of the Dungeon & Dragons characters and things because I started a streetwear line – like I wasn’t busy enough, I guess. I also ran this A-list celebrity Dungeons & Dragons game in my house every Friday night, and turned my wine cellar into a dungeon. I think it just became a part of my identity.”

Joe also revealed that he continued his celebrity “Dungeons & Dragons” game online once the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“They talked me into running two games a week. And then we saw (COVID) isn’t going away anytime soon. I had to pull it back to one night a week. It takes a lot to prep. It’s like preparing as a director to run a TV show every Friday night – live with your friends starring in it. For me, I started getting busy.”

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