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Flatulence-themed film featuring Daniel Radcliffe prompts audience walk out

Published 23/01/2016 | 21:01

Daniel Radcliffe poses at the premiere of Swiss Army Man during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Daniel Radcliffe poses at the premiere of Swiss Army Man during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

Daniel Radcliffe movie Swiss Army Man prompted some audience members to walk out during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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The Harry Potter star plays a farting corpse with an erection in the independent feature directed by music video duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Swiss Army Man also stars US actor Paul Dano, who can currently be seen as Pierre Bezukhov in BBC One's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.

In Swiss Army Man, Dano's character Hank is stranded on a tiny deserted island.

He befriends a dead body (played by Radcliffe) that has washed ashore and embraces the opportunity as his last to escape certain death.

Hank muses over topics such as life and the human condition with the deceased before eventually riding the corpse across the sea, propelled by the power of the farts emanating from the dead man.

Scheinart said Swiss Army Man originated with an idea of "how a man riding a farting corpse could be a feature ... about mortality and big ideas, but with fart jokes".

The film divided moviegoers and critics when it made its debut at the famous Utah film festival.

A steady stream of viewers walked out.

"I get what they were trying to do, but it just seemed pointless," one person who left early told Deadline afterwards.

Meanwhile, Esquire called it "the longest fart joke in film history".

The Swiss Army Man cast and crew talked about the challenges at the film's premiere.

"How can I look dead and look slightly embarrassed at the same time or, you know, what does that look like?'" Radcliffe said.

"So there was a lot of that to be worked out, but 90% of that came from being in the room with Paul and the directors."

"We had a good time," recalled Dano. "When you see it, we get to do some fun stuff, we get to do some silly stuff and, yeah. I spent like five weeks carrying Dan around.

"And that's the thing," added Radcliffe. "I feel like there will be a lot of shots in the movie where people are like, 'Oh, that's obviously a dummy because Paul Dano wouldn't have schlepped him around like that, but he did'."

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