I cannot express to you how unbelievably bald Austin Butler is in 'Dune: Part Two'

  • Austin Butler plays Feyd-Rautha in "Dune: Part 2."

  • He is stunningly, shockingly, uncompromisingly bald. I cannot express in words how bald he is.

  • Miraculously, Butler didn't shave his head — his smooth scalp was the result of two bald caps.

There are a lot of reasons you should go see Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic "Dune: Part Two," but chief among them is that you simply have to witness Oscar nominee Austin Butler at his absolute baldest on the big screen.

A recap: Villeneuve's "Dune" series (currently two films, potentially a third) is an adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal novel. It stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a noble heir thrust into a war when his family takes on stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. Arrakis is the source of a crucial resource called spice, and the planet's previous rulers, the Harkonnens, bloodily reclaim it. Paul is also a reluctant messiah, long prophesied by the Bene Gesserit and revered by the indigenous people of Arrakis, the Fremen.

Don't worry too much about that, though. Worry about Austin Butler's shiny head.

austin butler and lea seydoux in dune. butler as feyd-rautha is extremely bald, wearing a black high-collar jacket. seydoux as lady margot is wearing a blue velvet dress, with some fabric draped above her head
Proof that Austin Butler is enthrallingly hot in "Dune: Part Two."Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures

Butler plays Feyd-Rautha, the nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (a horrifyingly memorable Stellan Skarsgård). Unlike previous adaptations, in Villeneuve's "Dune" all of the Harkonnens are deathly pale and hairless.

I need you to look — really look — at Austin Butler. Gaze upon his striking brow and shining scalp. Is he not gorgeous? Do his gaze and cheekbones not inspire a kind of primal, alluring fear? Is the smoothness of his head not enthrallingly beautiful? Are you not entertained???????

austin butler as feyd-rautha in an area, holding up a bloody knife while a man lies in the sand at his feet. the scenery, including the walls and crowd, are all in black and white
Slay!Warner Bros. Pictures

Whatever Feyd-Rautha has going on works because of — not in spite of — Butler's lack of hair. Don't just listen to me, listen to Villeneuve.

"He's probably Giedi Prime's sex symbol," Villeneuve told Vanity Fair, referring to the Harkonnens' home planet. "I was looking for that kind of physical attractiveness. You will see a strong, strong sex appeal in Feyd-Rautha."

Miraculously, Butler didn't shave his head for the role, due to the fact that he needed hair to film "The Bikeriders" shortly after. His epic baldness is the result of not one, but two bald caps: one to cover his hair, and then a "sculpted cap" that attached at his eyelids, the actor told Vanity Fair. The process took at minimum three hours per day, Butler said on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

That's not even mentioning the fact that Butler's big introduction, an arena fight in honor of Feyd-Rautha's coming-of-age, is the most visually striking sequence in the film. Shot in black and white using an infrared camera to capture the black sun of the Harkonnen home planet, the entire sequence is breathtaking. It also serves to bring out the Harkonnens' most eerie qualities, particularly Butler's sheet-pale skin and void-like mouth.

You can look at photos of Butler in "Dune: Part Two" all you want. But after seeing the film, I'm inclined to agree with this tweet — Butler's baldness is incomprehensible until you've actually seen the movie in theaters.

"Dune: Part Two" is currently in theaters.

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