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Stellan Skarsgard admits it was a nightmare to wear a big costume in ‘Dune’.
The 70-year-old star appears in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and has admitted he dislikes “dragging around 40 pounds of extra flesh”.
Asked about his hopes for the ‘Dune’ sequel, Stellan told Total Film magazine: “The role was a challenge to create a character who was so physically present and who physically dominated the screen – it was a creative pleasure.
“Staying in makeup for eight hours and dragging around 40 pounds of extra flesh is no fun.
“But I want to revisit the Baron, even if it’s a very uncomfortable trip.”
The Swedish actor worked with Steven Spielberg on the 1997 film “Amistad” and relished the freedom the legendary director granted him during the film.
Stellan recalls, “I really panicked. I felt so bad making this movie, because it was a machine that was moving faster than I could. And everything was decided in advance.
“Spielberg had the whole movie in mind. And he said, ‘All I’m asking you is that you know your lines.’ And that for me … I like to be free. “
The ‘Good Will Hunting’ star continued, “I would love to work with Steven Spielberg again. I now know what that would look like and what he wants. It’s like cooking a different dish, really.”
Stellan explained that he depends on what’s going on with the other cast members on set rather than his own planning during a project.
He said: “I rely more on what is actually happening on set with the other actors than on my own preparation. I totally believe that the irrationalities that occur between people transcend anything you can plan.”