Young Tom Hanks Warns You About the Dangers of D&D in This Priceless '80s Clip
“I’m going to fly.”
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 theorized 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 various 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.