Frank Herbert's Dune
Feyd-Fautha Rabban is the nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. His brother is "The Beast" Rabban. Feyd is the one that Vladimir hoped would carry on the house when he had died. In the first scene Feyd is in, he's described as a "sullen-faced youth" wearing black leotards. Feyd has "full, pouting lips." He gets bored when Piter and the Baron start arguing but is "carefully subservient" when his Uncle speaks to him. He knows it's important to stay in his Uncle's good graces ... for now. He's smart - he understands the importance of Suk conditioning, how it might be broken, and the CHOAM directorship value.
At the gladiator match, Feyd is described: "his dark hair was dressed in close ringlets that seemed incongruously gay above sullen eyes. He wore a tight-fitting black tunic and snug trousers with a suggestion of a bell at the bottom. Soft-soled slippers covered his small feet." Lady Fenring noticed his poise and the "sure flow of muscles beneath the tunic". She figures he won't let himself go to fat.
Feyd is very conniving, as his upbringing might warrant. He picks up on the things told to him by the mentat and with Thufir's help stages a gladiator fight where it appears he fights a fully-aware man, building the watchers' estimation of him. Feyd is an extremely skilled fighter. When the audience demands he cut off the head, he refuses, saying that the man fought bravely and deserved to die intact.
Feyd tries to kill the Baron near the end of the book, and when caught, again plays the political game. He is seduced by Lady Fenring before his final fight with Paul, in which Paul kills him.
FEYD IN LYNCH'S DUNE
Sting's bright blondeness and bizarre clothing don't match the dark ringlets and tunic-leotard look described in his book. Sting in the first scene is indeed sullen. But later on I think he gets to be too insanely pain-hungry, which is the same mistake they made with the Baron. Both should be intelligent men on a mission. In the book, Feyd is a ruthless diplomat who knows when to play his part. In the movie he's just insane and out to hurt.
FEYD IN SCI FI DUNE
Feyd looks much more book-realistic in this one but still is missing the dark ringlet/leotard combination. He wears unruly fancy silk pajamas instead of a lean combat-ready outfit. At least his smooth killing familiarity is there. Unfortunately, the actor who played him completely missed what he was supposed to be like. The actor says in the making-of that Feyd was a "psychopath who killed hundreds of people." Noooooo, Feyd was a noble-born trained warrior, just like Gladiator-fighters in Rome. Yes, he killed people. It was part of combat training! He was smart, ruthless, and trying to survive in his world.
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