'Farting Corpse' Film Makes Noise at Festival

'Swiss Army Man' divides audiences at Sundance
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2016 2:10 PM CST
Actor Daniel Radcliffe poses for a portrait to promote the series, "Swiss Army Man", at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – A new film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse is dividing audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Us Weekly reports. In Swiss Army Man, the erstwhile Harry Potter plays a dead body discovered by a suicidal man (Paul Dano) on a deserted island. Dano rides Radcliffe across the ocean using the body's fart power and, in another scene, drinks water fired out of Radcliffe's mouth. The film also shows Radcliffe being, uh, aroused by an issue of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. "Many people walked out during the farting montage," says an eyewitness at the movie's premiere on Friday. "At least 25% of the theater."

"It plays like a student film gone awry," says the eyewitness, who calls Swiss Army Man "a trippy stream of consciousness." Co-director Daniel Scheinert says the film was inspired by a fart joke, Variety reports, and Radcliffe says that "the chance to play a dead guy in this context was too much fun to pass up." The actor told NME in November that his role choices aren't based on "mainstream tastes." As he put it, "People do ask me, 'Why do you choose such weird movies?’ but I don’t think they're weird, they're just stories I'm interested in. ... I think that's better than always wanting to play the handsome hero."

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