This Monday came to light the trailer for the film ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’, starring Daniel Radcliffe, which portrays the life of the musician and humorist Al Yankovic, who has distinguished himself by having a particular and quirky style.
In this film, Daniel once again moves away from the innocent image with which the world knew him by starring in the films of the famous British magician, Harry Potter, to enter the world of the 62-year-old American artist he plays.
In the preview it is observed that one of the main messages of the story is to accept yourself as you are and it is also shown how Al began to write his well-known songs and how he was inspired by melodies that already existed and were very popular.
The preview highlights the comedic yet complicated tone expected from the film and also highlights Yankovik’s background, as well as his relationship with artists of the time such as Madonna, who is played by Evan Rachel Wood.
At one point in the preview, Yankovic’s manager, Dr. Demento, played by Rainn Wilson, tells the musician that he considers the “Like a Virgin” singer to be a “bad influence” on him.
The meeting with Al Yankovic
A few weeks ago, Daniel Radcliffe told the New York Times that after recording one of the scenes on the tape, Yankovic approached him to ask “Is that the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?”, to which the actor asked him He replied: “It’s the top 2. The other thing is that Paul Dano used me as a jet ski at the beginning of Swiss Army Man.” This sparked laughter from the musician, who reaffirmed that the British actor was the one to bring him to life on the screen.
In addition to being the co-writer of ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,’ Al himself also serves as an executive producer on the film and co-wrote the screenplay. The feature film is produced by ‘Funny Or Die’ and according to the production, this work seeks to explore every strange facet of Yankovic’s life, from being an “instant success and sex symbol”, to the infamous romance that almost destroyed him.
The film directed by Eric Appel, known for his work on series like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘New Girl’ or ‘Silicon Valley’. The film also stars Julianne Nicholson (I, Tonya) as Al’s mother, Mary Yankovic, Toby Huss (Dickinson) as his father, Nick Yankovic, Spencer Treat Clark as bassist Steve Jay, Dot-Marie Jones as Mama Bear and James Preston Rogers as Hulk Hogan.