Podtalk: The ‘Daniels’ on ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

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CHICAGO – One of the more “strap in and enjoy” movie experiences of 2022 is in theaters on April 1st. “Everything Everywhere at Once” is about the multi-universes, but not in the superhero realm and not what you’d expect. This surreal treat comes from the “The Daniels” … co-writers and directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Michelle Yeoh is Evelyn, the co-owner with her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) of a laundromat, who is in the midst of getting a party together for her visiting father Gong (James Hong). Reluctantly helping despite their difficult relationship is her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu), who wants to tell Gramps that she is dating a woman. All this is happening while their business is being audited by a IRS clerk named Deirdre (JamIe Lee Curtis), and this chaotic situation is made more chaotic as Evelyn is thrust into multi-universe versions of herself. That’s right, the film explores her split personalities in multiple realms of existence, but instead of being different people, she takes on and absorbs all of them at once.

Everything Everywhere All at Once
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Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert were both film majors when they met at Emerson College in Boston, and spent their early post grad years directing music videos. After getting noticed for collaborations with Foster the People, The Shins and Tenacious D, among others, they completed their first feature film in 2016 … the unforgettable “Swiss Army Man.” The film was about a suicidal man (Paul Dano) and his friendship with a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe). After a couple of solo projects, they are back together for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

The Daniels: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
Photo credit: Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com

In PART ONE of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Daniel Scheinert (speaking first) and Dan Kwan talk about philosophy, multiverses and tips from Quentin Tarantino …

In PART TWO, a bit on “Swiss Army Man” and a riff on a “Freaky Friday” scenario …

For an interview with Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com for SWISS ARMY MEN, click THE DANIELS.

”Everything Everywhere All at Once” opens in theaters on April 1st. Featuring Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Harry Shum Jr. and Jenny Slate. Written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Rated “R”

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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