Do Vin Diesel and Mike Myers play Dungeons & Dragons together? One of this week's tabloids claims the two actors are secret friends who've bonded over the fantasy role-playing game. Gossip Cop can debunk the made-up story.
"Game On: Mike & Vin's D&D Bond," reads a headline in the latest issue of Star. A supposed insider tells the magazine, "Mike and Vin both have this reputation for being impossibly difficult to work with, and honestly, they don't have a ton of friends in Hollywood, so it's a surprise they get along so well and it's all because of D&D."
The outlet's alleged source adds, "They play together whenever they can and it's really a sight to see, these two A-list stars rolling the dice and pretending to be dwarves and elves and gathering treasure!" That certainly would be a "sight to see," but it's simply not reality.
The magazine's story is based on claims from an anonymous and untraceable tipster, but Gossip Cop reached out to Myers' spokesperson, who tells us on the record that it's both "absurd and false." The actor's rep adds, "He doesn't play the game. Mike doesn't know Vin Diesel either."
Gossip Cop also checked in with a source close to Diesel, who confirms the movie star is a fan of the game, but had no knowledge of him playing with Myers. In 2015, Diesel spoke about his love for Dungeons & Dragons during a panel at New York Comic Con. But when asked by a fan if he's ever played with other celebrities, the actor admitted he hasn't. "I haven't played with anyone in Hollywood. I know, it's terrible," he said.
Joe Manganiello, another famous Dungeons & Dragons player, jokingly questioned Diesel's fandom during an interview on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last year. The actor, who noted that he's played the game with several celebrities, told the talk show host, "I don't know anybody who plays with [Diesel]." The movie star seems to prefer playing the game with his non-famous pals.
As for Myers, he told the New York Times in 2010 that he played Dungeons & Dragons while growing up in the lower-middle class suburbs of Toronto. The comedy star noted that he almost copied the voice he used while playing the game for the role of Shrek, but ultimately went with a Scottish accent. Myers shared a similar sentiment during a 2008 episode of "Inside the Actors Studio." It seems the only reason the tabloid is dragging the comedian into this story is because he's talked about playing the game as a kid. Much like Dungeons & Dragons itself, the tabloid's article is pure fantasy.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.