Daniel Radcliffe is most known and adored for his performance as JK Rowling's Harry Potter. For over a decade, the world watched as Mr. Radcliffe changed from a boy to a man, going through puberty (Goblet of Fire, anyone?) and honing his craft along the way.
It is a known fact that child actors have a hard time transitioning and Dan wanted to make sure that his transition was nothing short of austere and drastic. He wanted the world to be aware that he was not Harry Potter.
In 2006, Radcliffe guest starred on BBC's Extras (which later aired on HBO) playing, well, himself. As a child actor on set, he tries to seduce Ashley Jensen's character Maggie, constantly talks about smoking fags (yet never lights one), and at one point, pulls out a condom in front of Ricky Gervais. One of Extras better episodes, it is a perfect display of Radcliffe's itch to break away from the norm and to showcase his off-color sense of humor.
The following year Radcliffe took his biggest step away from Potter yet, taking on the role of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer's play Equus. Hitting both the London and New York stages in 2007-2008, Equus is the story of a child psychiatrist who takes in a mentally disturbed young man. Basically, the play involved horses, an ice pick, and Radcliffe shedding all of his clothes and baring his manhood for all of the world to see... on a nightly basis.
Radcliffe has hit the stage twice more in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and The Cripple of Inishmaan.
And after the Potter series officially ended, he has done a slew of diverse film roles from Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, Ig Perrish in Horns, and even a cameo in Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer's Golden Globe nominated comedy, Trainwreck, as a dog walker.
Yet, his newest project seems to be causing quite a stir at The Sundance Film Festival. Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's comedy-drama Swiss Army Man stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in a very bizarre friendship.
A man lost in the woods (Dano) runs into a dead corpse that has washed ashore (Radcliffe) and decides to befriend him, taking the deceased along on his journey. After the movie premiered Friday afternoon, reports began that the Eccles Theatre saw a major migration of walk-outs during the screening.
News sites such as Variety & Entertainment Tonight had headlines such as "Daniel Radcliffe's Farting Corpse Movie Prompts Walk Outs".
The story focuses on the theme of isolation and the meaning of life with lots of interrupted flatulence and discussions of masturbation. A scene where Radcliffe's corpse holds an erection for some time was of hot debate, as well as an on-screen kiss shared between Dano and Radcliffe.
Either way, it is no surprise that Swiss Army Man would attract Radcliffe. This is just one step further out of that childhood mold and another opportunity to reintroduce himself to the world.
With his raw talent and humor, there is nothing that can hold back this promising actor... Not even a few stuffy, prudish walk outs.