Taron Egerton Makes SXSW Thirsty for ‘Tetris’ - Variety

Taron Egerton Makes SXSW Thirsty for ‘Tetris’ - Variety

Taron Egerton Makes SXSW Thirsty for ‘Tetris’ - Variety
Mar 16, 2023 54 secs

From his first appearance on screen, the Austin audience couldn’t keep quiet, cheering and applauding for his impassioned speeches, dad jokes and 1970s porn-stache.

The film, which reveals a political thriller hidden within the history of its titular video game, stars Egerton as designer and entrepreneur Henk Rogers.

After a simple deal at a Las Vegas electronics convention goes wrong, Rogers finds himself embroiled in overlapping conflicts between every gaming company worth its salt, an English billionaire and the Soviet Union itself, with his life threatened multiple times along the way.

The real Henk Rogers appeared for a post-screening a Q&A alongside Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian designer behind the game, played by Nikita Yefremov in the film.

If SXSW was excited to see Egerton, they were completely in awe of Rogers and Pajitnov, who received a standing ovation as they were introduced onstage.

Godfrey pushed, asking about the reality of a scene where Rogers signs a document of secrecy to two Nintendo employees, who then show him a prototype of the Game Boy — the company’s first-ever foray into handheld devices.

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