The latest adaptation by Frank Herberts Dune makes its way to the screen on October 22, when the film premieres in theaters and on HBO Max. The film features an incredible cast and epic science fiction story with warring factions, alien races and political planning. Included in this cast are Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, leader of House Harkonnen and enemy of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) and his nephew, Glossu Rabban played by Dave Bautista.
Screen Rant talked to Skarsgård and Bautista about bringing Dune to life.
Screen Rant: I’m curious what the biggest hook was for you in stepping into this world. Was it something about the character, was it a new challenge, or was it just a chance to work with director Denis Villeneuve?
Dave Bautista: For me, it was Denis. I really pursued this because I followed Dune. I kept asking my agent, “When will auditions become available? When will they release these roles?”
But I never hit Denis personally, because I did not want to be that guy. I did not want to try to take advantage of our friendship, so I just waited and waited and waited – and finally I got a phone call from him and he offered me the role. I almost broke down; I was so emotional about it. Still, it’s like, “Wow, it’s crazy that I’m here myself.
Stellan Skarsgård: For me, it was also Denis. I admired him for so many years as an instructor and knew he would be great to work with. Because I knew he was a very nice person too. I do not want to work with geniuses who are assholes.
But then I read the script and there was hardly anything in it. I mean, there [were] a few small scenes and stuff like that, but I did not care, I would do it anyway. But then I became fascinated by the idea of creating this monster and trying to make him feel human physically. He moved me, not in a prosthetic way, but in a very direct physical way. You could feel that in all that fat there were a lot of muscles underneath and all that; the sensuality of how he moves.
I’m really glad I did, because working with Denis is an experience any actor would think was absolutely amazing.
This is obviously such a big franchise and there is another huge franchise that I am a big fan of that Stellan is a part of. I do not know if you have heard, but ABBA released some new music. What do you need from me personally to do Mamma Mia! 3 Spoon?
Stellan Skarsgård: I wish I could say. It took 10 years between Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! 2 – if it’s going to take another 10 years, then I’m dead. I’m worried we might not get there. But if they call, I would say yes right away, because the experience of making the two films was amazing.
Dave Bautista: It’s not going to be ten years. I guarantee you people are on the phone; they have been waiting for this. And there is such a search for good entertainment, with all the new businesses constantly on the hunt for media. I think phone calls have been made and Stellan gets a phone call when he gets home.
Stellan Skarsgård: Yes, and hopefully you will join in, Dave. We talked about it. I want to dance with David on an island in Greece.