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Daniel Radcliffe’s robot boner reveals itself in exclusive Swiss Army Man clip

Swiss Army Man

It’s been four months since Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe’s profoundly puerile (and possibly just profound) Swiss Army Man triumphantly jet-ski-farted its way into theaters. Now, the movie is about to reach a wider (if still distinctly niche) market, arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow in all its corpse-lugging glory. To celebrate the release, we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the making of the film, centered on one of its most notable and enthusiastic props. Which is to say, this is a clip all about Daniel Radcliffe’s wildly flailing robot dick.

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People who’ve seen the movie know that Dano’s stranded Hank uses his corpse-friend Manny’s penis as a sort of compass to guide him on his quest, in what is both a pretty complicated metaphor about love, lust, and hope, and also an opportunity for a staggering number of jokes about quasi-magical hard-ons. “But how did they get the penis to move?” movie-goers might have loudly asked themselves while they watched the film, content in the knowledge that their theater faux-paux would be masked by the sound of yet another on-screen burst of flatulence.

In the past—as in previous work from the film’s directors the Daniels (who apparently enjoy this particular cinematic theme)—you might just thrust a broom handle up between a guy’s legs. Not so in Swiss Army Man, where to achieve their stated goal—i.e., “we wanted Radcliffe’s wiener to move”—they constructed an elaborate remote-control phallus to replicate his powerful post-mortem priapism. “Old-school animatronics,” one of the film’s crew remarks, as the exposed apparatus jerks merrily around in his hands. “The way they should be done.”

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