Daniel Radcliffe should be the envy of all actors. He was lucky and talented enough to be cast as a child in a super-successful franchise that didn’t define him (like Macaulay Culkin with the Home Alone films) or embarrass him (like Jake Lloyd with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace). Now he’s made enough money, and has enough clout, to do whatever he wants, whether that’s walk dogs in a movie-within-a-movie, or play a farting corpse.
“There are seven billion people on the planet. You might be lucky enough to bump into the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with.” That’s the misleading teaser for Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Swiss Army Man — nowhere in there does it say anything about Radcliffe’s lifeless body comically passing gas, or being used as a gun, or fighting a bear (Daniel Radcliffe: 1; Leonardo DiCaprio: 0). Our own Mike Ryan called it the “weirdest movie at Sundance,” and noted that there “were a few walkouts, but there was also a lot of laughter.” It’s the response you’d expect for a buddy comedy (sort of) where Paul Dano rides Radcliffe’s corpse like a jet ski, using farts as fuel.
It’s so dumb and wonderfully weird that it just might work. Harry Potter and the Farting Corpse comes out sometime this summer.