Sundance: Daniel Radcliffe’s Farting Corpse Movie Prompts Walk-Outs

Daniel Radcliffe's Farting Corpse Prompts Walk-Outs
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One of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival also turned out to be among the most divisive. On Friday afternoon, the Eccles Theater had to turn away hundreds of movie fans, and even a few industry VIPs, at the packed premiere of “Swiss Army Man,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.

But the bizarre fable about a lost man (Dano) who befriends a farting corpse (Radcliffe) could win the festival’s award for the most walk-outs, as a continuous stream of audience members kept standing up and bolting for the door throughout the film.

The indie, directed by the music video duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, opens with Radcliffe (as the corpse) washing onto a shore. Dano’s character inspects the body, as it comes to life by twitching and passing gas.

The story unfolds in a magical realist style and features long discussions about masturbation, isolation and the meaning of life. It also features a kiss between Dano and Radcliffe (who continues to flee his Harry Potter image by taking part in a reoccurring gag where his dead character maintains an erection).

“The chance to play a dead guy in this context was too much fun to pass up,” Radcliffe said in an audience Q and A.

Scheinert said the inspiration for the story was “a fart joke.”

The film has drawn mixed reactions.

As Sundance enters its second day, buyers have started to gripe that the movies aren’t commercial this year, which may result in a batch of deals that slowly come together instead of heated bidding wars.

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  1. Bill Maher has often spoken about fake outrage. Perhaps walking out on a movie in false indignation is one way of trying to say “I’m doing my part,” when in reality, that may be the only thing you’ve done on behalf of humanity in years — sticking up for a corpse. Corpses don’t care. Living people need your indignation — not over petty beefs or social faux pas such as farting, but whether or not they have work, food, shelter and health care. If humanity irritates you in general, at least admit it and go to mainstream films where they formulaically color inside the lines, then post/blog/tweet your peer-pleasing reviews on your i-somethings. Check out of the human race with honesty — the rest of us will think and squirm and laugh in the tradition of Monty Python, et al.. We will make it through a week without stock options or mobiles — or not, happily. I think that come armageddon, you will find that you cannot stock your bunkers and saferooms with the most important survival tool — humor and humans whom you don’t already want to kill.

  2. Great film. Sensitive, funny and cinematographically flawless.

  3. Angela Lang says:

    Who though that movie was a good idea? WHO WAS IT!!!

  4. Ardy ♞ says:

    Summer blockbuster! Didn’t revive Smell-o-vision, did it?

  5. You had me at Radcliffe. You lost me at Dano.

  6. Pobohobo says:

    Hipsters up their game.

  7. Andy says:

    Very much enjoying the many people here who have formed Strong Opinions about something they haven’t seen, based solely on a tiny little stub article.

    • Bonnie Lee says:

      Well I actually saw the movie so I have a right to comment! This was definitely fucked up!!! When I rented the movie, the description was about a man stranded on an island who sees a dead corpse wash up. The dead corpse was supposed to save his life some how and indeed the man survived but no where in the description was there anything about the sick sexual and delusional humor to come. I can understand and even appreciate a stranded person who’s food and water deprived becoming delusional and communicating with a corpse however, I did not appreciate all the sexualized nature of the movie. I thought I had rented a survival movie in the drama genre when in fact it was more of a sexual comedy for gay men. By the way, Iam not against gays but this was sexualizing a corpse…..HELLO??? A corpse…..very sick!!! This movie is definitely NOT for children or teens. The only thing I did like was how he didn’t commit suicide and how he was able to use the corpse to survive such as drinking the water and some other survival techniques. I think in a strange way, the corpse saved his life but the description is definitely false advertizing! I had no problems with the farting, just the sexualized nature.

  8. Darla says:

    No, what I said was “Farting Corpse” shaming. Thanks autocorrect.

  9. Darla says:

    ” farming corpse” shaming.

  10. cb1 says:

    From reading the headline I was hoping the actual name of the film was “Daniel Radcliff’s Farting Corpse Movie”. Kinda like “Tyler Perry’s Farting Corpse Movie” or “M. Night Shamylan’s Farting Corpse Movie”. Has a real ring to it!

  11. Doug says:

    It’s definitely true of brain dead sheep incapable of spelling properly. Democrats, in other words.

  12. JETS says:

    This film is brilliant and original, laughed the entire time with amazing performances by Dano and Radcliffe. All of those who walked out demonstrate an ignorant elitism underserving of their seat at Sundance, and those commenting below should reserve judgement until they see it themselves. These types films are for fans of unique storytelling, congrats to everyone involved and please make more!

  13. Rob says:

    Expect more of the same as the youtube generation continues to desperately seek attention and get rewarded for it by the entertainment industry.

    • Kristina says:

      Are you trying to say that those who do not find farting corpses funny are elitist?? Wow. Guess I am some kind of elite snob then. I don’t think I would enjoy the odor of rotting rats flesh either, and I’ve never smelled it- would that qualify me as “elitist” too?

      Get real. Some people can smell garbage a mile away, and I would not call them elitist. I’d call them discerning!

  14. MrApple says:

    I’m not into the artsy fartsy type of films.

  15. rawheadrex says:

    I remember him when he was a little fart on Harry Potter.

  16. gman3b says:

    If this isn’t nominated for an Oscar, you’ll all know the academy discriminates against farting corpses.

  17. On the bright side, these clowns are laying the foundation for an eventual renaissance in film making.

  18. twanjim says:

    If you have ever had the experience of morgue life, so to speak, then you know an intact corpse can become a musical symphony, breath taking really.

  19. Doug says:

    A farting corpse? Sounds exactly like THE LIBERAL LEFT.

  20. Ralph Ware says:

    And, so, Federico Fellini becomes a footnote to cinematic history. “A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provide they come close together.”

    Federico Fellini

  21. Dj says:

    Hmmm Radcliffe farting?

    I wouldn’t think you’d be able to hear that except maybe a whoosh sound. The sound FX guy had his work cut out for him.

  22. larrybud says:

    “Idiocracy” in action, where the “Best Picture” was “ass”

  23. Larry E says:

    I’m just glad it wasn’t in Smell-O-Vision.

  24. This movie is G.O.A.T. 10/10 would watch again

  25. Oh what the FUCK, Radcliffe.

  26. socal444 says:

    This just shows how classless Hollywood is, and people believe that it is art. Only the people walking out show good upbringing.

  27. Greg Klayton says:

    The fact that this garbage actually got made should really tick off African Americans in the film industry. Someone is fronting the money for this trash, meanwhile Blacks are still having trouble getting their movies made.

  28. twinstick says:

    I’ll bet everyone involved in that movie thought that it was just a gas.

  29. rocky says:

    This film is too White!

  30. Randy says:

    Adolescent humor about body functions should be left in the seventh grade class rather than brought to a professional film festival populated by adults.

  31. cooper says:

    Step down Radcliffe, not a step up.

  32. norman ginsel says:

    So now we know where the term “artsy-fartsy” comes from. Hollywood, being classy.

  33. mjazzguitar says:

    It worked for Terrance and Phillip, so why not give it a try?

  34. Keith Diggs says:

    LIBERALS= Morally Depraved Scumbags, heretofore known as MDS.

    • LiberalGrammarNazi says:

      adverb | formal
      Meaning: from this or that time on.

      The meaning of ‘heretofore’ is “before now.”
      Due to your ineptitude at utilising the correct tense when introducing your (completely un)funny initialism, it appears that you have made yourself look rather incoherent. Ironically, I am sure the intention of your comment was to appear clever, witty or otherwise deserving of your condescending nature. That must make this public excoriation regarding your command of the English language even more humiliating for you.

      Unless you actually have invented a time machine and retroactively replaced the term liberals with MDS. In which case, I sincerely apologise for the above allusions as to your diminutive level of intelligence.

      Good day to you sir.

  35. Does thsi mean that Radcliffe has reached the pinnacle of his career? And that we probably won’t be seeing him in “Henry V”?

  36. Garry Egan says:

    Seems like a movie Shia would participate in at this stage of his career.

  37. dmzrn says:

    defining deviancy downward. . .

  38. A twitching, farting corpse. I think the creators may have stumbled upon a perfect analogy of Hollywood. Each movie that comes out of that sh%%hole is stinkier than the last…

  39. Dalton says:

    Ah, the classic Hollywood love story. Boy meets farting corpse, boy loses farting corpse, boy gets farting corpse back. Sounds like this one has “Harvey Weinstein distribution” written all over it.

  40. Soetero says:

    Farting corpse? Obama will think it’s about a flatulent Marine.

  41. Carolyn George says:

    Oh poo!

  42. DumpTrump says:

    Hillary? More like a Donald Trump interview. Everything coming out of him stinks.

  43. MickRonsonLP says:

    Farting corpse movie? I didn’t know Sundance came out with a Hillary Clinton Biopic…

  44. J.D. Smith says:

    America, recall that before Rome fell, what was filth was passed off as high art and degradation was passed off as virtue. So it goes with us. History teaches, but we never listen. Let future anthropologists ponder the timeline of our decay.

  45. Don says:

    But it’s the Sundance Film Festival. . . . . what did they expect?

  46. Fritz-Von-Dago says:

    Am I the only one sick of all the homo-sexual and other leftist propaganda garbage as themes for movies today? Why cant they just produce entertainment that the general public wants to pay to see? I am sick to death of all this libo-cultist crapola!

  47. M. James says:

    Some liberals never die, they just smell that way.

  48. M. James says:

    Yet more proof that leftists are most definitely mentally ill.

  49. Mike Herman says:

    If the farting corpse was black, it might win an Oscar next year.

  50. Declan says:

    Statements about fleeing the Harry Potter image are disrespectful and insulting to that franchise. The people who think Harry Potter is very clean and simple and child-oriented really don’t know anything about it. Harry is not an innocent character. Stop it with these patronizing statements.

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