Given that the new comedy-drama Swiss Army Man stars Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse named Manny who is befriended by Paul Dano’s shipwrecked Hank, it was no surprise that the film inspired an array of reactions when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. But Radcliffe was surprised that some audience members actually walked out of the movie’s first screening before the film’s end.
“I was intrigued by the walkout thing,” says the Harry Potter star. “For me, you don’t walk out of a film you don’t like. The only time that I’ve walked out of something was if I was offended by it. And, to me, it’s such an inoffensive movie. There’s some body humor in there but there’s nothing that we haven’t seen a million times in other movies. That, to me, is not what sets this film apart. What sets this film apart is that it’s somehow held together — all that ridiculous body stuff and stupid jokes — are all held together [in] a really beautiful, profound, reflective movie. I’ve never felt so sure of guaranteeing people that they won’t be bored in a movie.”
Radcliffe believes some of the negative reactions at Sundance were prompted by the manner in which the film was hyped-up before that initial screening. “I saw us on one list that was like, ’16 Films That Might Be At The Oscars Next Year,'” recalls the actor. “I read that and I thought, Oh my God, you do not know what we’ve done. I think it’s a great movie. But do I think it’s a movie that the Oscars are going to be nominating? No. Not in a million years.”
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Swiss Army Man opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, and then nationwide on July 1. You can see the film’s trailer, below.