The latest issue of Empire magazine features an interview with the erstwhile boy-wizard turned versatile character actor Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings). The former Mr. Potter discussed his latest project, the fiercely original comic drama Swiss Army Man, in which Radcliffe plays a dead man befriended by a suicidal man. Trust us when we say it is more cheerful than that sounds.
The 27-year-old actor did not, apparently, take much convincing to sign up for the project. "All I knew was that Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) was on board, and the logline," Radcliffe told Empire. "Which was something like 'A suicidal man finds a corpse, and they go on a magical journey together'."
To say that it is an unusual film is perhaps understating things. In one scene, Radcliffe's corpse farts its way across the water like a jet ski. "Everything about it shouldn't work," acknowledges Radcliffe. "That's what's so exciting. You shouldn't be able to be this sweet and this gross and this stupid and this clever, all at the same time."
It presented, Radcliffe says, a unique acting challenge. "I'm very proud of my ability to fall over and be still."
Swiss Army Man, meanwhile, will arrive in cinemas 30 September.