Interview with Stellan Skarsgaard and Dave Bautista: Dune

Dune stars Stellan Skarsgard and Dave Bautista recount the experience of working with director Denis Villeneuve on the epic science fiction film.

Frank Herbert’s latest edit 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 sci-fi story with warring factions, alien races and political scheming. This cast features Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the leader of House Harkonnen and enemy of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), and his cousin, Glossu Rabban, played by Dave Bautista.

Related: Dune Cast & Character Guide

screen frenzy spoke to Skarsgård and Bautista about bringing Dune to life.

Screen Rant: I’m curious what the biggest hook was for you to enter this world. Was it something with the character, was it a new challenge, or was it just an opportunity 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 are the auditions coming? When are they going to release these roles?”

But I never personally hit Denis because I didn’t want to be that guy. I didn’t want to take advantage of our friendship, so I waited and waited and waited – and eventually I got a call from him and he offered me the part. I almost broke; I got so emotional about it. Still, it’s like, “Wow, this is crazy that I’m even here.”

Stellan Skarsgard: For me it was Denis too. I had admired him as a director for so many years and knew it would be great to work with him. Because I knew he was also a very nice person. I don’t 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 little scenes and stuff, but I didn’t care, I wanted to do it anyway. But then I became fascinated with the idea of ​​creating this monster and trying to make it feel physically human. He moved me, not in a prosthetic way, but in a very direct physical way. You could feel that in all that fat there was a lot of muscle and all that stuff; the sensuality in how he moves.

I’m really glad I did because working with Denis is an experience any actor would consider absolutely fantastic.

This is obviously such a huge franchise, and there’s another huge franchise that I’m a huge fan of that Stellan is a part of. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but ABBA has released new music. What do you need from me personally to make Oh mom! 3 to happen?

Stellan Skarsgard: I wish I could say. It took 10 years between Mamma Mia! and mommy mia! 2 – if it takes another 10 years, then I’m dead. I’m afraid we might not get there. But when they call, I immediately say yes, because the experience of making those two films was fantastic.

Dave Bautista: It won’t take ten years. I guarantee you there are people on the phone; they anticipated this. And there is such a quest for good entertainment, with all the new outlets constantly looking for media. I think there was a call, and Stellan will get a call when he gets home.

Stellan Skarsgard: Yeah, and hopefully you’ll join in, Dave. We talked about that. I want to dance with David on an island in Greece.

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  • Dune (2021)Release date: October 22, 2021

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