Never mind playing one of the most beloved characters of all time, “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe wants to be remembered as a farting corpse.
The actor recently sat down with GQ to break down his most iconic characters and reveal the role he’s “proudest of.”
After wrapping the iconic “Harry Potter” series, which brought Radcliffe international fame during his decade as the titular character, the actor spent years yearning to be recognized beyond The Boy Who Lived.
In 2016, he finally found the role he wanted to define his career: Manny, the farting corpse in “Swiss Army Man.”
“That was … truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and probably the film that I’m, like, proudest of,” Radcliffe said.
“Swiss Army Man” is a fantastical dramedy about a hopeless man named Hank, played by Paul Dano, who becomes stranded on a deserted island with a farting/ talking dead body (Radcliffe) that he befriends on his adventure home.
Radcliffe shared that he never second guessed his participation in the film and immediately knew he wanted to join the production after reading the script and meeting the team.
“I was like, yeah, I want to be involved in this,” he put it simply.
The English actor admitted he “fully didn’t know what [he] was going to do as this character for the longest time” and was glad the production team had a clear vision.
“I had no idea what Manny was gonna be,” he said. Radcliffe remembered that he initially struggled with the character coming off too zombie-like until he was put in the makeup chair.
Once he saw the great effects, he realized that he didn’t need to try so hard to portray that he was dead, because he looked dead. He remembered thinking, “I can be this sweet, little character, but he’ll just look like a dead, sweet, little character because of what else is going on.”
The strange film won several international awards and eventually became a cult classic.
“If I get hit hit by lightning tomorrow or something, if there’s one scene that I could pick from everything I’ve ever done to just be the thing that, like, lasts after me, it would be the scene on the bus from ‘Swiss Army Man,’” Radcliffe boldly declared.