Inspired by true events, Imperium follows Radcliffe’s idealistic young Fed as he infiltrates a gang of white supremacists who are plotting a terror attack on American soil.
“One of the most important parts of the project was to try to authentically portray the experience of an undercover operative,” first-time feature director Daniel Ragussis commented. “It’s something I spoke about to Mike German [the real-life inspiration for the film]. He said it wasn’t about using force or some of the other things you see in movies. It is about using your mind, and I haven’t really seen that before.”
Ragussius noted that Radcliffe’s persona perfectly suited Nate Foster, the character modelled on German. “When I first met Mike, I was kind of shocked,” he recalled. “I was expecting this huge, somewhat imposing man. Instead I met a soft-spoken, literate guy who spoke to me about art and culture. I told him about what I was expecting before I met him and he said it was about social skills and getting people to open up to you. Once I saw that, I knew someone like Daniel [Radcliffe] would be perfect for the role. Mike thought it was great, too.”
In Swiss Army Man, Radcliffe’s character washes up on a beach of a desert island where the only other inhabitant is the suicidal Hank (Paul Dano). Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s bizarre comedy opens with Radcliffe repeatedly farting on cue. Predominantly featuring the two men in isolation, it’s a beautifully judged study of loneliness and mortality.
The full interview with Daniel Radcliffe will appear on The Culture Trip next week. In the meantime, here is another snippet of what we learnt about the star.
Imperium opens September 23; Swiss Army Man opens September 30.