Swiss Army Man: featurette "Visual Effects", another clip and interview

A new Swiss Army Man featurette called "Visual Effects" plus a clip called "Masturbation" and interview with Daniel and Paul Dano via Complex UK.

Paul, did you know that Daniel can’t fart out loud? This is a thing I found out at the premiere party last week.
Paul Dano: That’s hard to believe! After all we’ve been through, I didn’t know that?

How has this never been brought up?
Daniel: I know. It’s never been brought up because I was slightly embarrassed. In a film like this it’s more embarrassing to admit that you can’t fart loudly.
Paul: This really blows the story.
Daniel: When I did [the play] Equus, I was so paranoid about farting on stage I think something in my body just permanently altered where I can now no longer fart very loud.

Oh my god.
Paul: That’s amazing.

That’s so dark.
Daniel: So sad.

Is that what drew you to this script?
Paul: There's some subconscious meaning here.
Daniel: It wasn’t the first thing that drew me towards the script, at least not consciously. Maybe on some subliminal level I was getting to access parts of myself that I wanted to.

Paul, did you happen to donate any of your farts to the sound guy?
Paul: I did.

Paul: I do remember doing it but I thought everybody did it. Apparently only two people contributed on set. And I was one of them.
Daniel: It was the way he did it that was great. It was with no announcement. I had a moment of being like, “What is Paul doing? Why is he grabbing the boom? Oh.”

Is it also true that you recommended Daniel for this role?
Paul: Yeah, I remember recommending him. I think [the directors] the Daniels might have recommended him as well. I met Dan before and I thought he was sort of ballsy and would go for it. Like, you needed somebody in this part who is willing to give themselves over to the physical element as well. I saw his stage work, and he’s got this energy. Dan’s not childlike but he’s got a curious spirit.
Daniel: Thanks man.

You just have this dead je ne sais quoi.
I just have this dead quality that everyone is really jealous of. The first thing I said to the Daniels when I spoke to them was, “I’m really good at falling over.” It goes in the skills that I’m bringing. A willingness to fall down and roll down hills and I’m super lucky they made an amazing film and I got to be in it with all of them.

What was it like riding Daniel in the water? How was it actually shot?
Paul: It was such a good day, such a fun day. It literally was like being towed in a boat in an ocean south of L.A. I had a boogie board, Daniel Radcliffe laying on the boogie board, and me straddling Daniel and being towed by a boat.

I definitely thought that was the dummy! But that was you?
Daniel: Yeah.

How did you achieve that dead eye look where one of your eyes is closed?
Daniel: I just could do that [demonstrates].

Oh my god.
Daniel: I thought that everyone could do it! I sent a photo of it to my friend like, "Ha, this is what I look like" and her dad’s a neurologist and she was like, "My dad thinks you have Bell’s Palsy. Are you okay? There’s something very wrong with you." But yeah it was something I showed to the Daniels and the hair and make up designers. "Is this good? Does this do anything?" And they were like, "Yeah that’s good, do that." It’s kind of nice because as soon as I discovered that and then combined that with the make up, I didn’t have to worry about playing his “deadness” anymore. I could just concentrate on who his character is instead of trying to communicate the fact that he is dead all the time.

Right. And the Daniels told me that you chose to go bare bum in one of the scenes?
Daniel: Yeah. It was one of the scenes where they were like, "If we’re going to do this shot, we’ll probably see your ass in it and I’m sorry we didn’t warn you about that." I was like "I don’t care" and then I just said, “Should I like pull ‘em down?” My character, Manny, has his ass out at that point and they were going to have to cut the shot early if they didn’t want to see my ass. I said "Let's shoot my ass, just do it, and we’ll have the whole shot." I sort of... bad choice of words but... I offered it up at that moment.

They were like, "Please don’t show us your ass."
Daniel: Yeah and I was like, "No, no, you are filming this!"

I feel like this movie was very physically demanding to shoot. Is that true?
Paul: Yeah, it’s definitely physically demanding but the material ended up being more challenging than I even anticipated because it’s such a fun sort of read and experience. There’s so much funny stuff but actually I was surprised by the emotional content. Like wow, this moment is actually lonelier than I anticipated or sadder than I anticipated or this is even more loving than I anticipated or more joyful. I think it swung harder both ways.

That was the delight of being the viewer—being surprised on those ends. I talked to the Daniels a little bit about how it reflected how they felt isolated growing up. Was that something that you attached to in the script? And at what point in your life did you feel most isolated?
Daniel: Yeah, absolutely. I think everyone’s felt isolated. What Hank goes through in this film, everyone can. Even though it’s a really specific situation, everyone will be able to find some common ground with it. I could relate, particularly as a teenager. That’s the time in your life where you’re basically engineered to feel like you are the only person like you that exists. And actually, the power of identification and the power of talking to someone else and going, “Oh, you’re like me.” And what a huge effect that can have on you. That’s a huge part of what the film is about.

For sure. How do you think this movie is redefining male friendships or masculinity? It’s not your typical bro comedy.
Well, I think to your last question, this relates to me. I feel like it’s really amazing to meet somebody’s who’s like either really whole or just like truly themselves. Like how many of us aren’t always that? There’s parts of yourself that you’re a little shy about or ashamed of, you know that you keep hidden. I feel like that has a lot to do with just being totally open. I think the movie in that regard just has a lot of love. It’s very pure in some ways. I think it’s so cool to have a friendship either on or off screen that has all parts of you. It’s like, “Hey this is us. It’s who I am.”

Were you careful about how you approached Hank? Because while it’s really funny, it also gets really dark and he’s suicidal and there are strong mental illness undertones.
Paul: I felt something on the page and fell for that person. I never thought about him being mentally ill in any way either. I think the film is about somebody who is lonely and lost and probably feels so unloved or doesn’t love himself and is ashamed of himself to a point where he can’t really function in the world anymore. I don’t know if somebody would attribute that to depression, anxiety… I feel like that came from his experience in the world. And I think it’s something he can come back from and will from his experience with Manny and hopefully at the end of the film, he’s able to say “This is me and I’m okay with that,” and hopefully go live again.

The last fart could make you cry. That’s what the directors said.
Paul: Yeah, that was something that they said, right. They wanted to make a film where the first fart makes you laugh and the last fart makes you cry and if we can do that, it’s very empowering. We could do anything.


People magazine: Kids interview Daniel Radcliffe

A new interview from People magazine's Up Close section. Kids interview Daniel (and ofcourse he answers a lot of Harry Potter questions, but he also talks about Swiss Army Man).

Daniel Radcliffe on W Radio Colombia

Daniel talked with W Radio Colombia's Julio Sánchez Cristo about Now You See Me 2 (Los Ilusionistas 2).

Updated(11): Swiss Army Man press junket interviews (US)

The first interviews from the Swiss Army Man press junket in New York have appeared online. For ScreenRant's interview click here. If more appear online I'll add them.

Update: 30th June 2016. Another video for Russian fans is added below with thanks to Volga Film for sharing it with Daniel J Radcliffe Holland. Then there is also Mashable's interview about why Daniel only uses Google+ ET Canada and Myx Philippines.
Update: 1st July 2016. Entertainment Tonight (ET) and Popular Science interview.
Update: 5th July 2016. A message from Daniel posted by MadMan Films to fans in Australia.
Update: 7th July 2016. The Wrap and Den of Geek interview.
Update: 1st August 2016. Vulture interview.
Update: 12th August 2016. Mental Floss interview.
Update: 26th August 2016. Fox Cinemas message and another from MadMan Films.
Update: 18th November 2016 Cine Premiere interview.
Update: 28th November 2016. Studio Universal interview.
Update: 22nd February 2017. EPK Interview - Capelight Pictures.
Update: 7th April 2018. Reel Cinemas message.

Then there is also a message from Daniel posted by Rambler Kassa to fans in Russia in promotion of Swiss Army Man (Человек — швейцарский нож) which was recorded during the press junket.

The Rambler Kassa message:

This video is also shared on Facebook.

Second message:

MadMan Films message:

This video is also shared on Facebook.

Second one

This video is also shared on Facebook.

Fox Cinemas message:

This video is also shared on Facebook.

Reel Cinemas message:

This video is also shared on Facebook.

The interviews:

This video is also shared on Facebook.

This video is also shared on Facebook

Business Insider interview

Business Insider sat down with Daniel and Paul Dano in New York to talk about Swiss Army Man.

Business Insider: Paul, I think you came on the project first, right?
Paul Dano: I got involved about exactly a year before we shot.

BI: And in that time, were the directors [Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, known as"the Daniels"] trying to find the right actor for Manny, or were they always trying to get Daniel?

Dano: You know, we talked about Daniel very early on and then it was a question of when we were going to make the film and so there was one point where we were going to try to do it earlier but then we decided to wait to work with Daniel's schedule. I don't even remember when you got involved.
Daniel Radcliffe: It must have been at least six months before we started.

BI: So when it was all squared away, did you two get on the phone before shooting to get familiar with one another?
Radcliffe: Paul sent me a note just saying, "Hey, I think this movie is going to be amazing, I think these directors are amazing." But even if Paul hadn't written that I would still have been very, very onboard. Because when you read a script that is this f---ing original and out there and special, it stands out a mile, to be honest.

BI: And because it is so far from playing Harry Potter, is that an attraction?
Radcliffe: Yes and no. Far away from Potter, yes, but also that it's just far away from everything else that I've done. I don't want to get into the habit of every film I do is a comment on my relationship to Potter. If I was thinking only about it in those terms I'd be exhausted. So it was different from anything that I've done.

BI: The directors were another draw since they made the music video for DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What." If you got this script about boners and farts and it's written by someone you've never heard of, you're going to throw it away.
Dano: Yeah, I think certainly we put ourselves in the directors' hands. We need the foundation, we need the script. But ultimately we're also sort of giving ourselves over to who's making the film. So it's super-important who is directing, especially with a piece like this. But the two go hand-in-hand. I don't think anyone else would have written this. And if you've seen their stuff, which I had before reading the script, when you get to that page where there's the farting jet ski thing, it works in your imagination partially because these guys have done crazy stuff.

BI: Still, you had to have been looking at each other going, "Are people going to get this?"
Radcliffe: No. First, there's no point in thinking like that when you're on set. But also it never occurred to me. It felt like, "Cool, that's what we're doing today." Every day I arrived with a sense of "How are we going to do that?" And every day the Daniels would answer that question with an amazing solution.
Dano: And I think that's why you have meetings, and preproduction, you have rehearsals. It's really important for everybody to be making the same film by the time you're making it, so I think while there were many wild things we did in the woods, by that point we were all on the same page.

BI: So there was rehearsal time before shooting?
Dano: A little bit. But I know, Daniel, you had met with them and Skyped with them. Or when you had your butt molded they were there.
Radcliffe: Yeah, we got to chat.

BI: Daniel, is it true you would send the Daniels videos of you wiggling and moving as if you were disfigured around your apartment and using different voices to get an understanding of what they wanted?
Radcliffe: Yeah, because I was on the other side of the country and it's hard for me to learn lines when I don't know what voice I'm going to be saying the lines in. So I would be sending them videos of me trying different voices and different ways of moving around. Just throwing out s--- until something stuck, basically. And eventually they would come back with, "Yeah, we like that, we don't like that, you look too articulate that way," it was just my way of having some preparation. But it wasn't until I got into a room with Paul that it all made sense.

BI: How much did you guys have to clean up your dialogue in post production? I would imagine the singing and other lines would be hard to get in the woods.
Radcliffe: I think cleanup is the right word because most of it we did some version on set. At one point we did record a version of "Montage" in the back of our sound mixer's car on our last day of shooting. But a huge amount of stuff was done practically on this film, more than you'd think.

BI: Paul, did you realize before shooting started that you would have to spend most of production dragging around Daniel?
Dano: You know, not really. I mean, yes, it's on the page —

BI: But it's not like you're working out in the gym before production began.

Dano: And I regret not having done that because I suffered, just my stamina. I thought every day, "The next time I do a film I'm going to get in shape," because any film requires some type of endurance and it's funny how there are some things you overthink. Like when you're preparing for something in the script, and some things you figure, "Yeah, we'll figure that out [on set]," because I can't figure it out on my own. I never really totally understood what it would take. [Laughs]

BI: So, Daniel, give a sequence where people will be shocked it's you and not a stunt double. Radcliffe: The opening [of the movie]. Dano: When Manny washes ashore?

Radcliffe: No, the opening when Paul is riding me across the waves. There's one shot where Paul is pulling back on my tie and there are no visual effects, that is both of us in the water at the same time. That's me desperately not trying to blink because the saltwater was just hitting my face.

BI: You're being serious.

Radcliffe: I'm being absolutely serious.

BI: So what, you were on a board?
Dano: Board. Daniel. Paul.

BI: Wow.
Radcliffe: It was wide enough that I could lay on it and then Paul was on my back and they dragged us along the side of a boat.

BI: Did you have to talk your people into letting you do this? Because all I'm thinking right now is insurance issues if you got hurt.

Radcliffe: I said to the Daniels very early on, "Can I do all of my own stunts?" And I think they were just relieved that they had an actor say that because they knew they weren't going to be able to afford a stunt double for the whole thing. So I had a stunt double for a couple of scenes and that's really it. And same for Paul — we did a ton of it ourselves. But that was one of the things that was exciting about it.

BI: You guys spent a lot of time together. What did you learn about each other that surprised you?
Radcliffe: Paul is an excellent basketball player. And this is coming from a truly terrible basketball player.
Dano: Yeah, at the Daniels' house they had a basketball hoop and that's where we would rehearse sometimes. That's a nice way to loosen up and come up with ideas. Get out of your head. But what surprised me was the method that Dan had to produce gas on set.
Radcliffe: [Laughs]
Dano: It's a tough thing to learn how to do.
Radcliffe: It takes some skill.
Dano: Growing up I had a cousin who could make himself fart on command. I always wanted to and I couldn't do it. So when Dan did it I was like super-impressed that he was able to do it.

BI: I'm going to go off-topic for the last question. Daniel, there's a festival called Fantastic Fest and one of their traditions is to do a debate that ends with a boxing match. Your film "Horns" played there a few years ago and I was told that year the festival tried to get you and Elijah Wood to do a Frodo versus Harry Potter boxing match. Elijah told me at the festival, "It might happen one year — you never know." I want to know what your response is to this.
Radcliffe: Here's the thing, I should say no, but the competitive part of me is finding it really hard to not just say, Yeah, I think I would beat Elijah Wood in a boxing match. But we'll see. You set it up. I've met him, he's a very nice man — who am I kidding? [S lams down his lighter on the table.] I'd love it.


Imperium US poster

The US poster for Imperium has been released by Lionsgate Premiere via Entertainment Weekly and features Daniel as FBI agent Nate Foster with the tagline "Defend your nation. Become your enemy".

Daniel already mentioned in an interview that the release was possibly in August, and that's true: Imperium is out in theaters and on demand in the US on 19th August. And.. (via Daniel's official Google+ page) International dates to follow.


Swiss Army Man featurette "Making Manny"

A new Swiss Army Man featurette called "Making Manny". Take a look at the process of creating the Manny dummy. On Instagram there is a better look at the hands.

Daniel Radcliffe attends Swiss Army Man Regal Union Square Q&A

Daniel attended a Q&A at Regal Union Square after the 7:10 PM screening of Swiss Army Man in New York yesterday. It was also hosted by Josh Horowitz. A few photos via Twitter and Instagram: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5. Edit: a video.

picture source: Noelle Webster

Updated(2): Daniel Radcliffe attends Swiss Army Man Apple Store, Soho Q&A

Daniel and Paul Dano discussed Swiss Army Man during the Soho Apple Store 'Meet the Actor' Q&A in New York yesterday hosted by Josh Horowitz. There are photos below but you can also find two photos (Photo 1 | Photo 2) via Daniel J Radcliffe Holland's Twitter with thanks to Paul Zimmerman for sharing his photos.

Update: Via Josh Horowitz's Instagram
Update: 1st July 2016. Podcast plus video available via iTunes.

There are also photos of Daniel signing autographs outside.

SWISS ARMY MAN selfie by Paul Dano. Fun event last night w/Paul & Daniel Radcliffe. #swissarmyman #danielradcliffe #pauldano
And a new Happy/Sad/Confused photo


Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano on AOL Build

Daniel and Paul Dano discussed Swiss Army Man on AOL Build yesterday. I have added some photos below. You can find more photos here via AOL Build's Facebook page. And then there's a photo by Noam Galai.

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