“I’m still gutted about”: Like Jackie Chan, Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe Regretted Turning Down $141M Michelle Yeoh Movie That Plundered the Oscars

Like Jackie Chan, Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe Regretted Turning Down $141M Michelle Yeoh Movie That Plundered the Oscars

Making their feature-length debut in 2016 with Swiss Army Man, directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka Daniels) surprised the audience with their bizarre concept of a farting corpse. Well, the corpse friend Manny was none other than Daniel Radcliffe. Funny how the 2016 film was filled with Daniels.

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe

Cut to six years later, Daniels’ second film Everything Everywhere All At Once simply mesmerized the audiences with insane multiverses, unlimited possibilities, and endless creativity. However, this time Daniel Radcliffe missed out on the opportunity. Apparently, the Harry Potter star turned down the $141M Michelle Yeoh movie only to regret it later. 

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Daniel Radcliffe Turned Down Michelle Yeoh’s $141M Movie 

After playing the role of a farting corpse in Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s 2016 directorial debut Swiss Army Man, alongside Paul Dano, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe narrowly missed the opportunity to appear in the Daniels’ second project. Six years after the release of Swiss Army Man, Daniels came up with Everything Everywhere All At Once starring Michelle Yeoh, which did wonders at the Oscars. 

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe in Swiss Army Man (2016)

Sadly for Daniel Radcliffe, despite having a well-built rapport with the directors, the actor narrowly missed the opportunity to feature in a supporting role in Everything Everywhere All At Once. During an interview with Empire, the actor admitted coming very close to re-teaming with the Daniels before having to bow out due to a play. 

I’m so excited. It’s the best. At one point they were trying to get me in for it, and I was doing a play, so I could not be there, which I’m still gutted about.” 

Harry Potter
Radcliffe regretted turning down Everything Everywhere All At Once

Revealing his painful regret over losing the opportunity, the Harry Potter actor went on to praise the directors for their creativity. “They are probably the only people in the world that I would say yes to doing a movie of theirs without even seeing the script,” Radcliffe claimed. Gushing over the Daniels, Daniel Radcliffe stated, “I would follow those guys to the ends of the earth, really.” 

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Michelle Yeoh’s Oscar Winning Everything Everywhere All At Once

Well, although Daniel Radcliffe missed the opportunity to star in Everything Everywhere All At Once due to scheduling issues, he wasn’t the only actor who lost a role. Apparently, Michelle Yeoh’s movie was originally conceived as a vehicle for martial arts icon Jackie Chan. However, the Daniels eventually decided to cast Yeoh in the lead role. 

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan almost appeared in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Evidently, Michelle Yeoh did fine justice to her role as she grappled with the ripple effects of twisted multiverses. Certainly, the actress fit well with Daniels’ frenetic and truly ridiculous barrage of probabilities and multiverse jumping. Honestly, the directors turned Everything Everywhere All At Once into a bombardment of hot dog fingers, googly-eyes, Wong Kar-Wai homages, talking rocks, and everything you can ever imagine. 

Everything Everywhere All At Once
Michelle Yeoh’s Everything Everywhere All At Once

The brilliance of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s movie was eventually witnessed by the world, which not only earned the movie great reviews but also turned it into the 2023 Oscar lead. The goofy yet mind-scratching movie with no restraints, no pauses, and extremely wild ideas, made with a $25M budget, earned $141M at the global box office and garnered praises and accolades. 

Watch Everything Everywhere All At Once on Apple TV. 

Read more: ‘Talk To Me’ Shatters Michelle Yeoh’s ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ A24 Box Office Record

Source: Empire

Written by Krittika Mukherjee

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