Grimes Was Fired From Working As An 'Influencer' For the 'Dune' Movie

Canadian singer Grimes has made headlines over the past few years largely when it came to her relationship with billionaire Elon Musk. By the end of 2021, the two had separated; at the same time, Grimes was enjoying Denis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi film Dune.

Grimes is a huge fan of ‘Dune’

Grimes’ love of Dune dates back over a decade. Her first album, 2010’s Geidi Primes, was a concept album rooted in the world of Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic novel; the title itself is taken from the planet Giedi Prime in the book. But her appreciation for Dune goes back even further: her father first read the book to her when she was four years old and she fell in love with it.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Grimes spoke about how much her love of Dune in every form permeated her life. At one Met Gala, she found The Police frontman Sting, who starred in David Lynch’s film adaptation of the book, and scared him with how much she loved Dune.

She was fired from being an ‘influencer’ for ‘Dune’

She admitted to Vanity Fair that she dreamt of directing her own film adaptation of Dune, revised with the book’s colonialist tones taken out. When she learned that French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve was adapting the story into a two-part blockbuster, she knew she had to get involved with the movie’s release, at the time scheduled for November 2020.

“I was basically an influencer,” she said of the job. But after she was seen reading The Communist Manifesto following her breakup with Elon Musk, she was dropped from the project. “There are things that are deeply not woke in the Dune universe.”

She thinks her son is like Timothée Chalamet’s character in ‘Dune’

The film was a hit at the box office, with Timothée Chalamet earning praise for his portrayal of the main character, Paul Atreides. When Grimes finally saw the film for herself, she was taken aback by how much the movie mirrored her real life.

Grimes was especially pulled in by the story of Jessica, played by Rebecca Ferguson. She confessed that she saw herself in Jessica, who was not a wife to her partner but a concubine, likening her time with Elon Musk to a similar setup. She also saw her son X Æ A-Xii in Chalamet’s character.

“When I see X, I just know X is going to have to go through all this really f***ed-up s*** that sort of mirrors Paul-type stuff,” Grimes said regretfully about her son. “I was just crying my eyes out the whole movie.”

Grimes had a second child, a daughter named Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, in December 2021 via surrogate. “I was fighting for Odysseus Musk,” she said. “A girl named Odysseus is my dream.”

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