Unsurprisingly, chatting with the Daniels was easier than trying to spark a friendship with a deceased individual, but not one bit less entertaining.
Some of the media conversations around Swiss Army Man focus on the outrageous use of scatological elements, such as farts, in a way that seems to not analyze their significance within the context of the film. This is not a “farting corpse movie,” but a story that takes something seen as infantile and discovers something rather profound underneath it. Can you talk about your intention behind this notion?
Dan Kwan: A lot of our work is about the process of taking something dumb, bad, or stupid and the trashy ideas that we have and trying to elevate it to something worthwhile and meaningful. It creates a very special kind of empathy where you are forced to find something meaningful in something that you would otherwise cast side. That’s something that a lot of people would benefit from taking to heart. The idea of looking at something that you would think you would judge and instead turning around to try to find something beautiful in it. In some ways farts are the dumbest thing you can put in a movie. No self-respecting filmmaker would ever put a fart in their film, but we wanted to use that as a way to challenge what we think is beautiful and what is worthy of putting on the big screen.