The comedy-drama, which stars Paul Dano as a suicidal, shipwrecked man who befriends Daniel's corpse on a desert island, divided many critics when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and a number of them left the theatre during the screening.

Daniel is bewildered by the film's reception because he felt sure that people would be entertained during the movie, and he didn't think it was offensive enough to prompt such a bold reaction.

“I was intrigued by the walkout thing,” he told “For me, you don’t walk out of a film you don’t like. The only time that I’ve walked out of something was if I was offended by it. And, to me, it’s such an inoffensive movie."

He insists that audiences have seen body humour gags "a million times" in other films and the jokes are no worse than what has been shown on screen before, so that shouldn't be the defining aspect of the movie.

"That, to me, is not what sets this film apart," he continues. "What sets this film apart is that it’s somehow held together - all that ridiculous body stuff and stupid jokes - are all held together (in) a really beautiful, profound, reflective movie. I’ve never felt so sure of guaranteeing people that they won’t be bored in a movie.”

Daniel is also convinced the hype ahead of its debut didn't help, including a list he saw which tipped it for Oscar success in 2017.

“I read that and I thought, Oh my God, you do not know what we’ve done. I think it’s a great movie. But do I think it’s a movie that the Oscars are going to be nominating? No. Not in a million years," he jokes.

The movie opens nationwide in the U.S. on 1 July (16). A U.K. release hasn't been set.