Austin Butler excitedly discusses meeting Sting at NYC premiere of Dune 2, set to take on role once played by the English rocker in 1984 film

Austin Butler excitedly discusses meeting Sting at NYC premiere of Dune 2, set to take on role once played by the English rocker in 1984 film

Austin Butler gushed about meeting Sting while promoting Dune: Part Two on Monday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The 32-year-old actor in the upcoming highly anticipated sci-fi sequel portrays Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, which Sting, 72, also portrayed in the 1984 film directed by David Lynch, 78.

Jimmy, 49, while fawning over Austin’s work showed a still of him in character and was amazed at how it didn’t even look like him.

‘I heard the director described your character as a psychopath sword master mixed with Mick Jagger,’ Jimmy said.

Austin noted that Mick, 80, was going to play Feyd-Rautha in director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to make a Dune film in the 1970s, ‘which they called the greatest film never made.’

Austin Butler gushed about meeting Sting while promoting Dune: Part Two on Monday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC

Austin Butler gushed about meeting Sting while promoting Dune: Part Two on Monday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC

‘And then Sting obviously played the part in David Lynch’s,’ Austin added.

Austin said that he met Sting on Sunday at the New York City premiere of Dune 2.

‘It was so surreal. …My mind was blown,’ Austin said.

Austin said that Sting came up afterward and was ‘so lovely and just debonair’.

‘He said he still has the codpiece from the original and is going to dry clean it and let me wear it,’ Austin said.

Jimmy asked how he got into character. Austin said he had never played a villain before and didn’t want to judge him.

‘It was a lot of imagining what his childhood was like,’ Austin said.

He said he just imagined what it would be like to grow up with the character Baron Harkonnen as his father.

Sting and Austin are shown on Sunday at the premiere of Dune: Part Two in New York City

Sting and Austin are shown on Sunday at the premiere of Dune: Part Two in New York City

'He said he still has the codpiece from the original and is going to dry clean it and let me wear it,' Austin said about Sting, shown in a still from the 1984 film Dune

‘He said he still has the codpiece from the original and is going to dry clean it and let me wear it,’ Austin said about Sting, shown in a still from the 1984 film Dune

'I heard the director described your character as a psychopath sword master mixed with Mick Jagger ,' Jimmy said

‘I heard the director described your character as a psychopath sword master mixed with Mick Jagger ,’ Jimmy said

Austin noted that Mick, 80, was going to play Feyd-Rautha in director Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsuccessful attempt to make a Dune film in the 1970s, 'which they called the greatest film never made'

Austin noted that Mick, 80, was going to play Feyd-Rautha in director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to make a Dune film in the 1970s, ‘which they called the greatest film never made’

Austin said he watched the movie in Mexico City with more than 4,000 fans in the audience screaming.

‘I’d never been in a movie with that many people before,’ Austin said. ‘It was incredible.’

Jimmy then played a clip of the new Dune movie.

Austin also admitted that he enjoyed going to movie theaters incognito to see the fan reactions to his films.

‘I did that with Elvis. I’d like put a hat on and go in the back,’ Austin said. ‘When you feel it with the audience it’s the best. I can’t wait to see this in IMAX.’

Dune star Zendaya, 27, was supposed to also be on the NBC talk show, but Austin revealed that she was sick.

‘She was supposed to be here tonight,’ Austin said. ‘She’s sick. Her voice is completely gone.’

‘She was such a trooper showing up at the premiere last night,’ Austin said. ‘You would never know she was sick. She’s such a queen.’

‘You guys met on the Disney channel,’ Jimmy said.

‘We kind of overlapped,’ Austin said. ‘But we did this Teen Vogue thing together as kids and she brought that up to me.’

Jimmy then played the 2012 interview of Austin and Zendaya for Teen Vogue.

Dune star Zendaya, 27, was supposed to also be on the NBC talk show, but Austin revealed that she was sick

Dune star Zendaya, 27, was supposed to also be on the NBC talk show, but Austin revealed that she was sick

‘I could be the first American James Bond,’ Austin said in the clip. ‘I would do it with a British accent.’

‘What was I thinking?’ Austin said. ‘I grew up loving James Bond.’

Austin also took part in a Family Feud-themed skit called ‘Search Party.’ Austin played on the team with Jimmy, producer Mark Ronson, Chance the Rapper and Quest Love against the band members of Kings of Leon. They had to fill out what they thought was the end of an internet search query. 

Austin was asked ‘people love it most when you kiss there…’ Austin guessed ‘bottom’, but Jared Followill, 33, wrote lips and won the points.

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