The debut trailer for the controversial Swiss Army Man delivers on its “Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse” promise…
Back at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival, reports emerged that members of the typically avant-garde-appreciative screening audience walked out of one particular film in apparent outrage. That film was Swiss Army Man and apparently the line between artsy and bad taste has finally been delineated with films in which Daniel Radcliffe plays gaseous corpses. Now, that film’s trailer has arrived.
As the trailer reveals, the film’s already-notorious “dead and flatulent Harry Potter” elephant in the room might overlook the actor who (quite literally) has to carry the film in Paul Dano. Stranded on a desert island, Dano’s character Hank had lost all hope and was in the midst of botching a suicide attempt when destiny intervened and a new friend washed up on the shore. Of course, said friend would normally be considered distasteful company, seeing as he happens to be a dead man played by Harry Potter series star Daniel Radcliffe, who seems to be effectively channeling Terry Kiser’s role in the Weekend at Bernie’s films.
As crass as everything is sounding, Swiss Army Man sells itself as a surreal, emotional and bittersweet experience. It will stand as the first feature film from the comedy-minded directorial duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (who bill themselves on the poster as “Daniels,”) after having built their resume with short films and on television with shows like Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle. Also, in an odd instance where her casting might be considered an afterthought, the film co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Swiss Army Man is out in US cinemas on the 1st July. A UK release date is still to be confirmed.