Sting’s Initial Fear About His Role In David Lynch’s ‘Dune’
The Police decided to take a trip to Paris while recording their debut, ‘Outlandos d’Amour.’ The band stayed in a seedy hotel in the back streets of Paris, and there would often be sex workers standing across the street. The dark streets, the shady people, and the sex workers might not be the best view a hotel could have, but it inspired Sting to write one of the act’s hits.
However, he needed a title for the track, which told the story of a man falling in love with a sex worker, and the frontman decided to dedicate a woman’s name to the song. Luckily, perhaps, Sting didn’t need to overthink since upon entering their shady hotel was a poster of an old French play, and one of the names of the characters was ‘Roxanne.’
So, Sting’s inspiration from theatre and cinema perhaps became evident from the origins of ‘Roxanne,’ as the play influenced him to name the hit song. However, the frontman later admitted he had doubts about the song and feared it was embarrassing. Similarly, when a movie offer was made to him by David Lynch’s team, he also felt insecure about acting.
Sting was inspired by a theatre play while creating ‘Roxanne,’ but this wasn’t his only involvement in the theatre and cinema industry. A few years after the Police’s debut, he starred in the Who-inspired movie, ‘Quadrophenia,’ and it seemed that was only the beginning of his career as an artist. The young singer received a movie offer to take place in the then-upcoming film 1984’s, ‘Dune.’
However, Sting wasn’t initially pleased with the offer as he didn’t want to participate in a well-known production. However, upon meeting with David Lynch, the rocker’s opinion changed. While being interviewed by Rolling Stones in 1983, he discussed why he decided to appear in Lynch’s films.
“I’m doing ‘Dune’ because of David Lynch and for no other reason,” said Sting as he emphasized David’s important role in changing his mind. “I didn’t really want to do the movie because I didn’t think it was wise for me to be in an enormous movie. I’d rather keep a groundswell building up in my movie career.”
David’s genius convinced Sting to take part in the film eagerly. “So, I sort of went along dragging my heels. Then I met David, and I loved him. He’s a madman in sheep’s clothing, and I just felt I had to do the movie because I know he’s going to do something extraordinary.”
He then described the character he was to play. Sting disclosed, “I’m not in every scene, but my character is important to the plot. If you’re familiar with the books, he’s one of the Harkonnens, the villainous feudal lords of some dark planet. They’re the enemies of the good family, and there’s a big fight at the end, and I have a wicked uncle who’s a baron. It’s all good stuff.”
Sting didn’t initially want to appear in the film because he thought it wouldn’t be right for him to take place in a well-known production. However, upon meeting with Lynch and seeing the genius behind his cinematography, he changed his mind and decided to be in the project. The film wasn’t a complete success, as many critics argued it was a bit complicated, in true David Lynch fashion.