Dune: Jason Momoa talks bonding with Timothee Chalamet: "He kneed me in the balls so hard!"

Jason Momoa in Dune
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Jason Momoa may be the perfect person to play Duncan Idaho – the handsome swordsman from Dune who trains the leading character Paul Atreides, portrayed by Timothée Chalamet in the upcoming movie.

Speaking with Total Film for the new issue, featuring Dune on the cover, Momoa revealed how he bonded with Chalamet behind the scenes – and there was a whole lot of teasing, as well as hurt groins. Here's an extract from our Q&A with Momoa.

Total Film: How did you and Timothée bond? 

Momoa: It was exactly like in the film – he’s like a little brother. He’s so intelligent. He’s something else to watch. He’s such a beautiful actor and considerate. He cares about his craft way more than I do. It’s just impressive to be around people like that. 

Do you tease Timothée in the same way Duncan teases Paul? 

That joke [about muscles in the trailer] came from me. There are these outtakes where I went up to Timmy, and I go, "Look at you, dick and ribs." Denis comes up and says, "What is this talk about the ribs and his dick? I don’t understand." I’m like, "Well, it’s funny, because Timmy’s so skinny." He’s like, "OK. Maybe you can do it in another way?" But Timothée [got me back]. When I hug him he kneed me in the balls so hard! You can see it if you watch in slo-mo. 

Fans will know that Duncan goes on an interesting journey in subsequent books... 

He does, doesn’t he? If the films go well, I’ve got a good future.

Dune is scheduled to open in US cinemas and on HBO Max on October 22. It will open in UK cinemas on October 21. For much more on the film, including interviews with all of the starry cast, pick up a copy of the new issue of Total Film (opens in new tab) when it hits shelves on Friday 20 August. Check out the new cover below, as well as the cover of the special supplement that comes with the issue. 

Total Film's Dune issue and special supplement

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Jack Shepherd
Senior Entertainment Editor

I'm the Senior Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, bringing you all the latest movie and TV news, reviews, and features. Plus I look after the Total Film and SFX sections and socials media channels. I used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film