Daniel Radcliffe can get excited. The actor has spent his post-"Harry Potter" life trying out new things, doing projects that get him worked up, from the rom-com “What If” to the oddball horror film “Horns.” Radcliffe has two films out soon. One is “Now You See Me 2,” the sequel to the surprise 2013 hit about mystical magicians. (He plays the main villain: a rich kid — the son of Michael Caine’s character, as it were — who wants to use our heroic foursome for a robbery.) But he can’t help talking about “Swiss Army Man,” too, the Sundance puzzler in which he plays a talking corpse who farts a lot.
I haven’t seen “Swiss Army Man” yet, but word on the street is, it’s quite deep and moving for a movie about a farting corpse with an erection that can be used as a compass.
What I love about it is it manages to be both incredibly beautiful and intelligent and reflective while at the same time gross and stupid and puerile. It bounces back and forth between those two happily. Anytime the movie starts getting too sincere or earnest, just wait two seconds and the directors will find a way to undercut that. I think it’s an astonishing achievement.
What did you think when it was first pitched it to you?
When you read the logline and go, ‘OK, a suicidal man befriends a dead guy,’ you go, ‘How does that work?’ That sounds funny as a pitch between friends. But when I read the script I thought, ‘Wow, you made a movie out of that. There’s a narrative and it’s beautiful and it’s crazy.’ It’s honestly one of the things — if not the thing — I’m proudest of that I’ve done since "Potter.” I may never be in something quite like that ever again. I don’t imagine I will be.