Frank Herbert’s latest adaptation Dune made its way to screen on October 22 when the film premiered in theaters and on HBO Max. The film features an incredible cast and an epic sci-fi story with warring factions, alien races, and political intrigue. Included in this cast are Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the head of House Harkonnen and enemy of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), and his nephew, Glossu Rabban played by Dave Bautista.
Screen cry spoke to Skarsgård and Bautista to bring Dune to live.
Screen Rant: I’m curious what was the biggest hook for you entering 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 was following Dune. I kept asking my agent, “When will the auditions be available?” When are they going to release these roles? ”
But I never contacted Denis personally, because I didn’t want to be that guy. I didn’t want to try to capitalize on 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 cracked; I was so moved about it. Still, it’s like, “Wow, it’s crazy that I’m even here.”
Stellan Skarsgård: For me, it was Denis too. I admired him for so many years as a director and I knew it would be wonderful to work with him. Because I knew he was a very nice person too. I don’t want to work with geniuses who are assholes.
But then I read the script, and there was almost nothing 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 was fascinated by 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 underneath and all that; sensuality in the way he moves.
I’m really glad I did because working with Denis is an experience that any actor would find absolutely fantastic.
It’s obviously a huge franchise, and there’s another huge franchise that I’m a big fan of and Stellan is a part of. I don’t know if you’ve heard it, but ABBA has released some new music. What do you need me personally to do Mom Mia! 3 to arrive?
Stellan Skarsgård: I wish I could say. It took 10 years between Mamma Mia! and mom Mia! 2 – if it’s going to take another 10 years, then I’ll be dead. I’m afraid we can’t do it. But if they call, I will say yes immediately, because the experience of making those two films was fantastic.
Dave Bautista: It won’t be ten years. I guarantee you people are on the phone; they had anticipated it. And there is such a search for good entertainment, with all the new outlets that are constantly on the lookout for media. I think there have been phone calls, and Stellan will get a call when he gets home.
Stellan Skarsgård: Yeah, and I hope you get there, Dave. We talked about it. I want to dance with David on an island in Greece.