It’s not easy to get people to take your film seriously when it gains a reputation as the “farting corpse comedy,” but the team behind “Swiss Army Man” have done just that, and are now happily watching their movie’s lead actors make waves–literally and figuratively.
The feature film debut of music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan -— collectively known as “Daniels” —“Swiss Army Man” centers on Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded on a deserted island who makes a friend when a corpse named Manny (Radcliffe) washes up on shore. In short order, the dead guy’s unseemly bodily functions figure heavily in the plot. As basically everyone knows by now, Hank uses Manny’s body as a survival tool in several different ways. Manny’s farts act as a propulsion system that allow Hank to ride his body like a jet ski, and his boner acts as a compass that points the way north.
Virtually everything about the movie has been as outside-the-box as possible, from the storyline to A24’s marketing campaign. Last month, the company invited journalists on a double-decker bus for a “Swiss Army Man” promotional ride around New York, complete with Radcliffe’s creepily realistic-looking dummy used in the movie for stunts, plus the real Radcliffe himself.
“Swiss Army Man” opens nationwide on Friday. Check out the clip below for a look at the film’s most explosive moment.