dDaniel Radcliffe wears Hawaiian shirt and plays accordion Weird Al Yankovic in the film dedicated to the legendary American singer-songwriter and comedian.
Weird Al Yankovicthe song parodist at the center of a film with Daniel Radcliffe, rose to fame with hits such as Eat Itclear mockery of Beat It, a hit by Michael Jackson. So, it’s no surprise to find him at the center of a film that reconstructs his life but in a mocking way, almost making fun of all those titles that talk about celebrities who have grabbed success.
Directed by Eric Appel, the film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story hides nothing of the parodist’s journey, exploring every aspect of life, from his meteoric rise to success to his murky love stories and lifestyle certainly not as a schoolgirl. In the United States it will be seen on November 4, with us it will arrive soon Sky.
The first time we meet him in the film Weird: The Al Yankovic StoryAl (Daniel Radcliffe) is still an aspiring accordionist whose talents are nurtured by his mother (Julianne Nicholson) but kept hidden from his abusive father (Toby Huss).
Determined to fulfill his destiny as “not the best but probably the most famous accordion player in a very specific genre of music”, Al sends a song of his to his favorite radio show and, in short order, rises to fame and notoriety. “Eric Appel, the director of the film, spoke of founded absurdity,” pointed out the former Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe. “The madness of a film like Weird: The Al Yankovic Story it only works if you have a certain amount of realism, even though everything seems over the top”.
After rising to mega stardom under the tutelage of mentor Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson), Al aspires to be known as more than just a pop star parodist and vows to develop into a serious musician. In the meantime, however, he has a stormy relationship with Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood): but is it true love or is the future world pop icon using it only for his notoriety?
“I received an email offering me the role of Madonna,” he recalled Evan Rachel Wood. “I was told it would all be great fun. I knew that Weird Al and Daniel Radcliffe would be involved and that it would be a parody. I then replied in kind: I hadn’t waited for anything else for a lifetime!”.
Although the movie Weird: The Al Yancovic Story take many liberties, Daniel Radcliffe learned to actually play the accordion to enhance his performance and bring credibility to the character. “A very patient and kind friend gave me lessons before shooting,” Radcliffe said. “My fiancée Erin went through months of hell hearing me strum the first few notes of My Bolognaparody of the famous My Sharona. They were always the same, without ever reaching the refrain: fortunately for her, I learned even more after her!”.
Who is Al Yankovic?
“When my last film came out in 1989, UHF, I swore to all my fans that I would make a feature film every 33 years: I kept my promise,” joked Yankovic, involved in the project as a producer from the beginning. “And I’m happy that in the film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story play me Daniel Radcliffe: I have no doubt that he will leave his mark!”.
Weird Al Yankovic is the best-selling parodist artist in music history. Five-time Grammy winner, he broke all records when his album he Mandatory Fun, released in 2014, debuted at position 1 on the Billboard Top 200. She is one of only three artists who have reached #1 in four consecutive decades (the other two being Michael Jackson and Madonna, names that for different reasons she has gotten to know). To understand what Yankovic’s fame is, just think that on August 27, 2018 his name was imprinted on one of the stars of the legendary Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
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