Daniel Radcliffe worries about how people will react to the Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic movie. Over a decade ago, Funny or Die released a fake trailer for a satirical biographical film titled Weird: The Story of Al Yankovicwhich was directed by Eric Appel and starring Breaking Badis Aaron Paul. After the success of musical biopics such as Bohemian Rhapsody and RocketmanYankovic and Appel came up with the idea of expanding the same premise into a feature film, which eventually ended up with Roku.
Now the Harry Potter actor stars in the Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic movie in the title role alongside a great cast that also plays celebrities such as Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Rain Wilson as Dr. Demento, Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey, James Preston Rogers as Hulk Hogan, Conan O’Brien as Andy Warhol, and Jack Black as Wolfman Jack. The original long-running Roku film is released solely on the basis of Yankovic’s career, instead imagining moments from the musician’s life for comedic effect, including his encounters with the aforementioned celebrities. According to all accounts, Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic movie looks pretty weird, with Radcliffe saying the biopic is even weirder than Swiss army manone of the most unusual performances of the actor in which he famously played a farting corpse.
During a recent interview with Weekly entertainmentRadcliffe revealed he is concerned about how people will react to Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic because of how off the rails it is. Radcliffe’s girlfriend, actor Erin Darke, is a huge Weird Al fan, although the Harry Potter actor is more concerned that his in-laws may comment on the film. Read what Radcliffe shared below:
Actually, na [director] Eric [Appel] and Ali [Yankovic], the people I’m most concerned about are probably my in-laws, Erin’s dad and brother, because they’re huge fans too. Erin saw the movie, but I’m curious what Ian thinks about it. I really hope he likes it.
How will the audience react to the Weird Al movie?
Given all that has been revealed about the bizarre parody biopic, it is understandable that Radcliffe is concerned about how the public is reacting to it. His co-star, Wood, is similarly concerned about her performance as Maddona in the Weird Al movie and how the Queen of Pop herself will react to it. Radcliffe also has his real-life counterpart to please, Weird Al, who is the writer and producer on the project.
Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022 and critics were in full agreement that the project was weird in all the right ways and surprisingly sent in rave reviews. While critics love it, predicting how the public will react is another story. The main premise of the film is that it’s a musical biopic that parodies popular musical biopics, a creative conceit that might hit audiences, or one that they might find just a little too weird. Only time will tell when Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic premieres on The Roku Channel on November 4.
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