Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano Embrace Polarizing 'Swiss Army Man' Reaction: "It's Exciting"
"Using farts other than comedy, like using them for plot and emotion and making some people super uncomfortable," said Radcliffe. "There is something wonderful about it."
In Swiss Army Man, Paul Dano plays a suicidal castaway alongside Daniel Radcliffe as his best friend, a flatulent corpse.
It's an atypical logline for a film, but the surreal feature debut for writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — who are collectively known as "Daniels" and directed DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s "Turn Down for What" music video — is just what its actors have been looking for.
"It was great and original and exciting and completely mad, and unlike anything else I’ve ever done or read," Daniel Radcliffe told The Hollywood Reporter at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, adding that he asked to do his own stunts. "I loved the physical challenge of it. I loved seeing how painful I could make things look!"
"It is totally bananas, but by page two I was inevitably going to do it," echoed Dano. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was already a fan of the Daniels' music videos and shorts and was excited for their first feature: "I've never been able to work with such a cool, weird, strange, fun group of people."
Of the polarizing reviews so far, Kwan laughed. "If you read the headlines, they're just amazing. I couldn't have written them better myself."
Radcliffe agreed. "I love that it's this perverse and mad," he said. "It's exciting, to be honest, using farts other than comedy, like using them for plot and emotion and making some people super uncomfortable.... There is something wonderful about it."