AEW star Maxwell Jacob Friedman, aka MJF, bashed the game in a Twitter rant, saying of the D&D community, "Nope. I’m not a character. This isn’t an angle. Your whole community and the game you love is trash. Deal with it."
Nope. I’m not a character. This isn’t and angle. Your whole community and the game you love is trash. Deal with it.— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) September 18, 2019
Manginello took exception to MJF's tweet and retaliated with an epic response. With a photo of his bare-chested profile on the cover of Muscle and Fitness magazine, he replied, "I do..."
In fact, Manganiello launched a Dungeons & Dragons club at a Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh in January 2019. He and his brother Nick visited the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with a large selection of copies of the game for the young patients at the hospital. The pair, who grew up playing the game together, introduced the franchise to the children and played with them for a day, helping them to figure out the rules of the game and set up their own campaigns.
Manganiello, who appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Deathstroke, is a noted fan of the fantasy game franchise. He has his own line of Dungeons & Dragons streetwear, owns a massive dragon model in his home and regularly plays the game with other celebrity fans of the franchise. Now, Manganiello has introduced an entire new generation of fans to the game, making his response to Friedman extra meaningful.