Dave Bautista Reveals He Felt ‘Like a Little Fanboy’ When Acting Opposite Stellan Skarsgård in ‘Dune’

While starring opposite co-star Stellan Skarsgård in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” Dave Bautista admitted that he felt “a little fanboy” about the role.

According to Bautista, despite the fact that he was portraying a scary monster onscreen, he was quite intimidated during several of his early scenes, which took place in the thermal baths on the Harkonnen planet Giedi Prime.

“I’m supposed to be this big, menacing, ominous character — and I’m literally shitting myself,” Bautista explained.

“I’m like, ‘That’s Stellan Skarsgård!'”

“And I was next to my buddy thinking this is all so surreal, like, ‘How the hell did I get from a professional wrestling ring to here? This is crazy!’ I was dying on the inside,” added the former professional wrestler.

According to Bautista, his heart was “beating fast” during his first few scenes, but he didn’t let it get in the way of his immersion into the role.

“I was just so excited, but, at the same time, just trying to be terrifying,” the Guardians of the Galaxy star said. “So, terrifying on the outside, inside, I was like a little fanboy.”

Despite being a latecomer in Hollywood, Bautista soon rose to prominence, beginning with his breakout role as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy when he was in his mid-40s.

In “Dune,” Skarsgård portrays the malevolent Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who is morbidly fat and floats above the ground, while Bautista portrays Glossu “Beast” Rabban, Baron Harkonnen’s brutish nephew.

Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Villeneuve’s “Dune” follows young nobleman Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he and his family journey to the desert planet Arrakis. When the Atreides family first arrives on the planet, they are confronted with a slew of difficulties, including attacks from their arch-rivals, the Harkonnens.

“Dune” is currently playing in cinemas and on HBO Max.