Austin Butler Improvised Memorable Dune: Part Two Moment

By Nina Phillips | Published

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Sometimes, the best and most memorable parts of media are improvised. Such is the case with the kiss scene between Austin Butler’s character Feyd-Rautha and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Dune: Part Two.

The Kiss

Austin Butler revealed the truth during the red carpet for the New York City premiere of the movie in February. When interviewed and asked how his costar handled the surprise kiss, Butler said Stellan Skarsgård, the actor for Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, was “Game for anything. He’s the best… it’s always about how you’re trying to affect somebody else.”

Austin Butler Really Got Into Character

The kiss scene directly follows the moment when Austin Butler fights and wins against several gladiators in Dune: Part Two to establish that he’s the true heir to the Hakonnen throne.

An improvised kiss isn’t the only way Austin Butler went all out for Dune: Part Two. He thought a lot about his character to make sure it was accurate. He even revealed that he took the time to learn the voice and vocal patterns of Skarsgård.

Into The Mind Of A Killer

Butler thought that since the Baron was such an important person for Feyd-Rautha growing up, he would learn to mimic him. The Baron is also his uncle, so Feyd-Rautha would have spent a lot of time growing up with the man. It’s not unusual that he would have picked up mannerisms and speech patterns from the Baron.

Austin Butler took a long time to get into his character for Dune: Part Two. He made sure that he understood Feyd-Rautha’s history and background. There was also a lot of thought on the motivation for the character and why Feyd-Rautha would do the things he did.

Dune: Part Two Is The First Blockbuster Of 2024

Though the kiss went off-script a bit, fans aren’t upset. Both critics and movie-goers alike loved both Austin Butler and the second part of the Dune series. At the box office, the movie received an $81.5 million debut. Though the year is only just beginning, it’s looking to be one of the most successful films of the year.

Butler And Chalamet

No one can deny how well Austin Butler did. His portrayal of the sadistic villain in Dune: Part Two makes for a memorable movie and a powerful dynamic between Feyd-Rautha and Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet.

This wasn’t the only change made during the adaptation from book to movie. Some characters, like Thufir Hawat, and slight changes to the story in other areas helped to make the movie stay loyal while making some necessary changes.

The Next Big Sci-Fi Franchise

Changes often make fans mad, but these weren’t enough to negatively affect viewers. It might not have been part of the original story, but Austin Butler’s improvised kiss scene might have made for one of the most memorable moments in the Dune universe, at least to date.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has an audience score of 95 percent and a critic review of 93 percent. Fans and critics don’t always agree on movies, but this is looking to win both sides over easily enough. With potentially four more books to adapt, this success is a good sign that the whole series might one day be turned into movies.