Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves releases in theaters in the United States this Friday, March 31, 2023. In preparation of the film’s release, Sophia Lillis and Justice Smith, who play Doric and Simon in the film, sat down to discuss making the movie, some behind-the-scenes tidbits, and even the graveyard scene, which was first shown in the trailer. Check out what Sophia Lillis and Justice Smith have to say about the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves graveyard scene.
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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Graveyard Scene
In a game of Dungeons and Dragons, “honor among thieves” is often a code that rogues and other thieves live by. It means that there is a level of respect and trust that should exist between those who make their living by stealing. However, that code can be put to the test when a group of thieves find themselves in a graveyard facing unexpected dangers. In the new movie, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, the graveyard scene plays out a little differently than in the game, but many of the dangers, especially those while filming the scene, were discussed during a recent interview with Justice Smith and Sophia Lillis, who play Simon and Doric in the movie.
In a hilarious “Questions for a Corpse Clip” released on the Paramount Pictures YouTube channel last month, Edgin (Chris Pine), Simon (Justice Smith), Holga (Michelle Rodriguez), and Doric (Sophia Lillis) converse with the dead using the “Speak With Dead” spell. Once the spell is cast, the corpse comes “alive” and will answer five questions, but they can only answer with what they learned during their lives. The scene is one of the most memorable and biggest laugh-out-loud moments in the film, but it didn’t come without some danger. Justice Smith shares, “Holding a torch is not something any human being should do. It’s so dangerous. It is a ball of fire on the end of a stick. And we all had these wigs on, covered in hair spray, and it was just a disaster waiting to happen. It was scary. I liked it, though. I like danger.”
The scene itself was filmed a little differently, with Smith and Lillis both agreeing it was an “intense process.” Lillis went on to share, “That scene was so cool, the people in the scene did such a good job filming it. They had to be in there for hours with that heavy makeup on and really intense prostetics. Kudos to them. I don’t know if I could have done what they did.”
While most of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves was shot on location with beautiful backdrops in Ireland, the graveyard scene was actually shot on stage. Smith revealed that the “whole graveyard was built on stage. They hauled in all of this soil…” and “even brought the horses inside.” Lillis adds.