Here’s The Story Behind That Creepy Kiss Between Austin Butler And Stellan Skarsgård In “Dune: Part Two”

“He’s the best,” Austin said of his onscreen uncle. “It’s always about how you’re trying to affect somebody else.”

Austin Butler wasn’t afraid to get experimental while shooting Dune, and luckily his costars were on board.

A close-up of Austin Butler in a suit jacket as he poses for the camera on the red carpet

Alongside Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, and Zendaya, Austin is currently starring in Dune: Part Two as the monstrous villain, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

A close-up of Feyd-Rautha with a bald head wearing a detailed high-collared outfit standing with a dark backdrop behind him

Marking quite the transition from his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Elvis Presley, Austin’s turn as Feyd is being widely praised, and there’s one particular moment that viewers can’t seem to shake from their minds. Yep, we’re talking about that bizarre kiss.

Austin Butler wearing a stylish suit, seated with a microphone in hand

Needless to say, the kiss came as a bit of a shock to viewers — and it sounds like Stellan might have been a little taken aback too, with Austin revealing that the move wasn’t scripted.

Stellan Skarsgård in a suit at the 'Dune: Part Two' premiere

Notably, the kiss wasn’t the only thing Austin implemented to reaffirm Feyd’s devotion to the Baron. During an interview with ScreenRant, the actor — who spent years mastering Elvis’s voice for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic — revealed that he worked with a top dialect coach to sound more like his onscreen uncle while shooting Dune.

Stellan and Austin engage in conversation at an event for Dune 2

And for what it’s worth, it sounds like Stellan was impressed by Austin’s efforts, saying that acting opposite him was “like hearing an echo.”

From left to right: Timothee, Denis, Zendaya, Stellan, and Austin stand side by side for a group photo

Dune: Part Two is now in theaters.

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