Daniel Radcliffe has chosen to blaze a trail that few could have seen coming during his time at Hogwarts. Radcliffe’s career already peaked as a child actor, as he portrayed one of the most recognizable characters in film history, Harry Potter. It would have been easy to foresee him going down a self-destructive path or quitting the business altogether, like many have before him from Macaulay Culkin to Gary Coleman. Instead it seems like the young actor realized he had already reached the mountaintop and is now free to go bats**t crazy…artistically.
In recent years he has played a hunchbacked Igor in Victor Frankenstein, a man who is sprouting horns from his temples in Horns, and next he will be playing a corpse in the upcoming film, Swiss Army Man. He co-stars with Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) who plays a castaway who finds an unlikely friend in a Radcliffe’s dead body. They form a “friendship” that looks reminiscent of Tom Hanks and Wilson in Castaway. It looks like Weekend At Bernie’s crossed with The Martian and despite its bizarre premise, it seems oddly entertaining. The movie has already debuted at Sundance and received polarizing reviews, so it would seem that this movie is an acquired taste. Particularly due to the gross-out anatomy humor in the film. Regardless, this movie looks like a future cult classic. Check out the trailer.
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
Swiss Army Man opens on June 17th, 2016.