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Take an Up-Close Look at the Daniel Radcliffe Doll from Swiss Army Man

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You would think it would be a little unnerving to see a life-sized look-alike dummy of yourself, but for Daniel Radcliffe—who had several dolls made in his likeness for the film Swiss Army Man—it was no big deal. “We had them on Harry Potter, so I’ve seen myself look weird and sort of disembodied before,” Radcliffe said at a press event for the film earlier this week. “But it’s not always the most dignified process having one made. In this film, there was a particular ass molding, and, you know, there is no graceful, elegant, dignified way of doing that. You just sort of have to slap it on.”

In the film, out July 1, Radcliffe plays Manny, a corpse who alternately serves as a companion, canteen, compass, axe, grappling hook, firestarter, and flatulent jet ski for the stranded Hank (Paul Dano). The dolls were used in scenes that would have been too risky for Radcliffe to film, and they went through a lot on set.

“They had to be very, very durable,” the actor said. One of the dolls stood in for Radcliffe during a scene where Manny is attacked by raccoons. “We had two raccoons,” Radcliffe said. “One of them was crap, and would not do anything. The other raccoon instinctively and immediately went for the eyes. That’s when I was very grateful we had the dummies.”

Somehow, the dolls made it through the shoot intact, and mental_floss got an up-close look at one of them, which really, truly, unnervingly looks like Radcliffe.

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Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy

Want to see Manny for yourself? The doll is going on tour leading up to the nationwide release of Swiss Army Man on July 1. Manny will be riding around New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles, among other cities. He even hit up the polls to vote in the California primary:

This isn’t the only marketing campaign A24, the studio that's releasing the film, has launched to support Swiss Army Man. By texting "SOS" to 25827, you can get texts from Manny. Some simply ask how you are, others tell you how he’s feeling—and some will tell you how to use a digital version of the corpse on the film’s official website. You can toss Manny around, manipulate his body into weird positions, and, most importantly, make him fart (among some other NSFW things). You can interact with Manny here.

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You Can Have Breakfast on the Harry Potter Set
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On August 21 and 28, Harry Potter fans are invited to dine at Hogwarts Castle—the intricate model version, that is. The handcrafted set piece took seven months to build and has 300 lights installed to mimic the glow of lanterns. 

Warner Bros. Studio’s new Harry Potter breakfast experience in London starts with watching dawn break over the model castle (which will presumably be simulated, as the model is indoors and tours don’t start until 8:30 a.m.). Then, guests get an insider tour of the Great Hall, stocked with Pixie Puffs and Cheeri Owls and staffed with employees in full Hogwarts uniform for the occasion, plus a look at the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, Number Four Privet Drive, Diagon Alley, and other favorite sets used in the films. 

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According to Travel + Leisure, breakfast includes tasty treats like mini brioches with tomato chutney and bacon, sausage and brown sauce muffins, and fruit kebabs with maple syrup. 

Tickets are on sale today (July 6) here. Adult entry costs £95 ($123); children are £75 ($97).

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Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap "Alphabet Aerobics"
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It's no surprise that Daniel Radcliffe likes rap—in our October cover story, he told us that his favorite karaoke jam was "anything by Eminem." Last night, while on The Tonight Show to promote his movie Horns, Radcliffe told Jimmy Fallon that "I've always had kind of an obsession with memorizing complicated lyric-y intricate and fast songs"—then proceeded to prove it, absolutely slaying Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics." You can watch the video above. Enjoy!

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