Shooting Dune Was So Tough, Filming Almost Made Jason Momoa Cry
To peruse Jason Momoa’s acting CV is to discover that the man has a knack for digging deep and bringing some of pop culture biggest action stars to life. It’s hardly surprising that over the years, Momoa has come to be regarded as the action star of choice for many a film production company and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that would dare call the man soft. But according to the star himself, the filming of sci-fi flick Dune was so challenging, it almost broke him.
Set to play Duncan Idaho in the upcoming adaptation of the hugely popular sci-fi novel Dune, Momoa joined the director and cast of the film to discuss the shoot following the reveal of the stunning second trailer. With fans already excited and the anticipation around the blockbuster at an all-time high, the catch up made for some entertaining conversation and interesting revelations. Above all though, listeners came away with the understanding that this was no easy film to shoot. In fact, according to Momoa, it almost brought him to tears.
According to the action star, “There were moments where, you know, you don’t want to bit**. And it was funny because Denis – I’ve never run this much in my life, and Denis had me run across the desert, because the sun was setting and so we had to get the shot and I had to run through this windstorm. I had to run to Timothee [Chalamet]. I couldn’t see where I was going. All I wanted to, I just didn’t want to fall on my face and I didn’t want to disappoint [Denis Villeneuve]. I’m not the best runner, but I was like, ‘I’m not giving up.’ The amount of chaffing, and the sweat that had built up. But I was like, ‘I’m not gonna give up. I’m not gonna give up!’ But inside, I was crying like a little baby.”
While it certainly sounds like a rather harrowing experience, the recollection from Momoa highlights the notion that Dune avoided sets and soundstages for the environment that could only be found in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates, and the African nation of Jordan. You need only view the trailer to see that we’re in for a cinematic masterpiece when it comes to the sweeping arid landscapes and incredible setting, all done to replicate the alien planet of Arrakis.
But as Momoa and the rest of the cast emphasised, all were deeply committed to director Denis Villeneuve’s vision, in which they would endure anything necessary to see his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel come to life. While the global pandemic has brought great disruption to the film industry, seeing a number of Hollywood blockbusters shunted from the release canon and postponed indefinitely, the release of Dune’s trailer has audiences excited, as it illustrates a return to blockbusters of a giant scale.
Thankfully, Dune is still on track for a December release and with Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Zendaya all set to star in the sci-fi flick, we’re counting down the days.