We live in the age of the musician biopic. We’ve seen movies made about music legends like Freddie Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody), Elton John (Rocketman), Aretha Franklin (Respect), and Elvis Presley (Elvis). On top of that, we still have a whitney houston film, I want to dance with someone, declining later this year. With so many biopics, it was only a matter of time before we saw one for one of the most outrageous artists of all time. Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic sees Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, miracle workers) star as parody legend Bizarre Al Yankovic.
Weird Al is best known for his parodies of hit songs like Lady Gaga“Poker Face” (“Polka Face”), michael jackson“Beat It” (“Eat it”), and Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise” (“Amish Paradise”). Like Al Yankovic, Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic will serve as a parody of all previous biopics. The film’s humor and tone are reminiscent of songs written by Weird Al himself. The film features many familiar faces and is sure to bring the same level of joy that Yankovic has delivered over the past four decades. Here is a complete guide to casting Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic. But first, here is the synopsis of the film:
The true story without exaggeration of the greatest musician of our time. Coming from a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, “Weird Al” Yankovic rebels and fulfills his dream of changing the lyrics of world famous songs. An instant hit and sex symbol, Al leads an excessive life and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him.
Daniel Radcliffe as Al Yankovic
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) plays the legend known to the world as Weird Al Yankovic. Radcliffe is best known for his role as the title character in the Harry Potter frankness, but make no mistake, he’s had quite the career since his last battle against Lord Voldemort. He showed his range in movies like Swiss army man, Akimbo Firearmsand the TV series miracle workers.
Radcliffe will have to bring all of his comedic skills to this role since the film serves as a parody rather than a standard biopic. The very idea of playing people so radically different from those the characters are based on would have been quite an experience for Radcliffe. We spoke with the Al Yankovic actor on the writer’s approach to the satirical film: “They don’t miss a trope, whether it’s the angry dad, the repressive parents, or the moment of instant inspiration when the songs just… Someone literally says lyrics to a song, and they start writing it immediately.”
Madonna is a surprise character in The story of Al Yankovic, given that the two have never interacted in real life. Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) stars as the Queen of Pop and, like the rest of the cast, plays a caricature of Madonna. We spoke with Wood about the movie’s insane script, and she said, “Yeah, it was literally just as funny on the page, and that’s when I knew it was going to be awesome, that’s when I was already laughing out loud just reading it and just imagining it. I just knew it was going to be amazing.” Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic is both a biopic and a parody, so this exaggerated portrayal of Madonna makes sense, but the weirdest part of it all is that Al has never met Madonna.
In the film, Madonna meets Al over a parody of her hit song, “Like A Virgin.” As it turns out, this interaction is just for the movie, according to the real Weird Al. In an interview with Parade, Yankovic said, “I really, really hope she can take a joke. I think she can.” In fact, Yankovic parodied “Like A Virgin” with his song “Like A Surgeon”, apparently after an acquaintance of Madonna brought the idea to Yankovic’s manager, Jay Leveywho then suggested it to Weird Al. The film instead seems to show the two artists meeting and entering into a wild romance fueled by alcohol and drugs, ultimately leading to Weird Al’s downfall in the manner of a typical rockstar biopic.
Rainn Wilson (Office) plays the incredibly weird Dr. denies in the movie. Barrett Eugene Hansen specialized in comedy and unusual for his radio show.
In the movie, we see Demento act as an inspiration and mentor to Al, and that’s true in real life. Probably best known for playing Dwight Schrute in Office, Rainn Wilson brings his talents to the role of Dr. Demento. Wilson is able to go from reserved to goofy in an instant, making him the perfect choice to emulate Dr. Demento’s energy.
Weird Al’s father, Nick Yankovic, is played by Toby Hus (Location), with his mother, Mary Yankovic, represented by Julianne Nicholson (Me Tonya). In the trailer, we see that Al’s parents want him to stop being himself, even though he wants to pursue his dreams of polka dots and song parodies. Al’s parents may not have approved of his dream at first, but both likely came during his rise to stardom. The two even appeared in some of his music videos, albeit in uncredited roles.
Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary School) depicts Oprah Winfrey in the movie. Oprah is best known for her talk show, Oprah, and is a world-renowned author and philanthropist. We see Al appear as a guest on his talk show and bring a level of comedy to the situation. The Abbott Elementary School Creator and star Quinta Brunson appears in the film, and just like Oprah, you can’t ignore her presence.
In addition to these actors, Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic also includes Spencer treats Clark like Steve Jay, Dot Marie Jones like mama bear, Will Forte like Ben Scotti, James Preston Rogers like Hulk Hogan, Tommy O’Brien as Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Nina West as divine, Arthur Castro like Pablo Escobar, Conan O’Brien like Andy Warhol, Jack Black like Wolfman Jack, Jorma Taccone like Peewee Herman, Akiva Schaffer like Alice Cooper, Demetri Martin like Tiny Tim, Paul F. Tompkins like Gallagher, David Dastmalchian like John Deacon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patton Oswaltand Scott Aukermanamong others.