Dave Bautista Reveals 'Man Crush' on Dune 2's Josh Brolin

Inside the World of 'Dune: Part Two' Production

by Zain ul Abedin
Dave Bautista Reveals 'Man Crush' on Dune 2's Josh Brolin
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At the star-studded premiere of 'Dune: Part Two' in New York City, Dave Bautista, known for his role as Beast Rabban, shared his candid thoughts with PEOPLE about his admiration for his costar Josh Brolin and his experiences on set.

The 55-year-old actor, reflecting on his ensemble of renowned costars, admitted to feeling overawed. "It's really intimidating," Bautista confessed. "You're surrounded by talents like Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Walken, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and, of course, Josh Brolin." Bautista's revelation of a "huge man crush" on Brolin, 56, was both earnest and light-hearted.

He expressed deep respect for Brolin, not just as a performer but as a person, highlighting the genuine admiration between the two actors. Their camaraderie dates back to their time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Bautista portrayed Drax in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and Brolin brought Thanos to life in 'The Avengers'

"Our bond strengthened over the years, especially during our time in the Marvel series," Bautista recalled, emphasizing the depth of their relationship fostered through meaningful conversations.

Bautista Praises Villeneuve

The conversation shifted to his experiences working under the direction of Denis Villeneuve in 'Dune: Part Two'

Bautista shared a memorable encounter with Villeneuve, describing a particular moment that resonated with him. On his first day, merely present for costume fittings, Villeneuve approached him for a chat. When Bautista inquired about his character's deeper nuances, Villeneuve's response was to ponder it overnight before discussing it further.

"That response gave me chills," Bautista said, expressing his admiration for Villeneuve's thoughtful approach to filmmaking. This interaction, according to Bautista, epitomizes his experience with Villeneuve: a director deeply invested in his characters, regardless of the size of their roles.

It's this level of engagement and thoughtfulness that Bautista cherishes, reflecting the collaborative and introspective nature of the film's production. Bautista's insights offer a unique window into the dynamics of a high-profile film set, showcasing the bonds formed and the artistic processes behind a major cinematic endeavor.