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Daniel Radcliffe talks about recording the sound of farts for 'Swiss Army Man'

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Joyce Kim

It is no secret that in the new comedy-drama Swiss Army ManDaniel Radcliffe plays a flatulent corpse named Manny who is befriended by Paul Dano’s shipwrecked Hank. But this is what we want to know: where did the film’s directors, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, acquire the sound of Manny’s expulsions? It is a question Radcliffe is more than happy to answer.

“Early on the directors said on set, ‘So, there’s a lot of farts in this movie,'” recalls the Harry Potter star. “‘If anybody at any point wants to donate a fart to the movie, go over to Steve [Nelson], our sound expert, and he will record it, and we will try and put it in the film.’ There were not as many takers for that as you might have expected. But Paul Dano definitely did one. We were about to go for a take, and he just reached up and grabbed the boom and was like, ‘Hold on!’ and donated one. Also, I believe our editor Matt [Hannam] has one in the film as well. There are only two farts that I know of, confirmed, that I can point to human beings and say, ‘That one was theirs and that one was theirs.’ Other than that, I imagine it was an hilarious foley session at some point in a mixing booth.” 

Swiss Army Man opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 24 and expands across the country, July 1. You can see the film’s trailer below.