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Young Tom Hanks Warns You About the Dangers of D&D in This Priceless '80s Clip

“I’m going to fly.”

by Jordan Valinsky
Mar 30 2015, 6:52pm

​This Tom Hank cryface will forever serve as a reminder of the real dangers presented by Dungeons and Dragons.

Long before he emerged as America's favorite actor, Hanks starred as a tormented teenager in the 1982 made-for-television movie Mazes and Monsters. The movie was based off the fear circulating around parents that Dungeons and Dragons was much more than a card game: it was a life​-ruiner.

So, Mazes and Monsters tapped into that satanic fear because it loosely based on the life of James Dallas Egbert III. It was theor​ized that the Michigan State University's disappearance and death was tied to the fact that he went insane playing the game.

Hanks played a character that resembled Egbert: a teenager who fell under D&D's "evil" spell and his friends and family are the only ones to save him. The movie can be found diced in var​ious clips on YouTube, but its Hanks' melting cryface at the :47 mark at the realization it's just a game is the best thing you'll see all day. 

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