For a long time, there was a widespread feeling in Hollywood that Brian Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel, Dune, could not be filmed. Acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve took on the formidable task of adapting Dune for the big screen with a huge budget and an illustrious cast. Stellan Skarsgård will appear in the film as the main villain, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the actor poked fun at his character’s distinctive appearance and the chilling effect that the mere presence of the Baron has on the story.
“I was in the movie for eight or ten days, so my character doesn’t appear much, but his presence will be felt. He is such a terrifying presence that even if he doesn’t say anything, I think you will. Be afraid of him. And I’m extremely fat. I passed by. eight hours in the makeup chair every day. And in some scenes, I look very tall because I levitate. You will have a lot of fun with that. “
In Herbert’s novel, Baron Vladimir Harkonne is portrayed as supremely evil, cruel and sadistic, possessing immense cunning that brings down his enemies before him without the Baron having to get directly involved. One of the most memorable things about Baron Harkonnen is his repulsive appearance, with his immense body needing the support of a levitating chair and poor personal hygiene.
The Dune trailer has shown us a brief glimpse of Baron Harkonnen emerging from what appears to be a mud pit. In a previous interview, Villeneuve had spoken of his desire to add more nuance to the Baron, to make him a more complete character than the almost caricatured and evil villain that Herbert wrote about. According to Skarsgård, what makes this adaptation of Dune The cinematographic approach taken by Villeneuve stands out, taking his time to create atmosphere.
“The thing about it, and the reason I’m looking forward to seeing this movie too, is because it’s Denis Villeneuve. Whatever he does, he creates an atmosphere that is dense, that you can touch, and that absorbs you. You never get bored, even if he takes long, slow takes. The atmosphere builds up and you’re in his universe. I think it’ll be the same with this one. He’s lovely to work with, and a beautiful man. “
Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, Dune starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Sharon Duncan -Brewster as Dr. Liet Kynes, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Stephen Henderson as Thufir Hawat and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. The film hits theaters and at HBO Max on October 1. The daily beast was the first to report this story.