Daniel Radcliffe talks balancing violence and comedy in “Guns Akimbo”

Daniel Radcliffe talks balancing violence and comedy in “Guns Akimbo”
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In the past, extreme violence and physical comedy wasn’t exactly the right mix for audiences and film productions. But with the emergence of a new era in filmmaking, something that used to be avoided has been redefined as a nuanced genre for movies.

Daniel Radcliffe’s latest film ‘Guns Akimbo’ is exactly the right mix of both. Now, the actor talks about finding the right balance between violence and comedy.

Guns Akimbo tells the story of Miles Cassonva (Radcliffe). His mundane existence is changed when he is enrolled into a deep web site that puts random strangers in a gladiator-like fight to the death. And also, he gets guns for hands after he was kidnapped by a secret group running the competition called Schism.

The actor tells entertainment outlet Variety of the film’s twisted plotline: “I feel like it was such a fun and exciting script, it had this insane idea in the middle of it that was really fully explored.”

“It’s not just a device for crazy fight scenes, having guns for hands. It’s also a device for a lot of physical comedy that I really enjoyed,” the actor continued. Radcliffe then explained that the hilarity ensued when he tried to figure out how to live day-to-day life with guns as hands. Which he tried out for himself saying:
“I got water pistols and taped them to my hands and I spent a day just going around my flat, [just asking] ‘How do I go to the toilet?’ ”

Guns Akimbo premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9.

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