Definitely, since Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe is used to crazy roles. Here he is with a mustache and a curly wig to play the parody singer Weird Al Yankovic, in a movie dedicated to him.
Its title? Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Billed as Yankovic's "untold true story", the feature film looks back at the musician's career and explores his personal setbacks. A long teaser was released yesterday, revealing a little more of the film's over-the-top tone.
To slip into the skin of Alfred Matthew Yankovic, Daniel Radcliffe adopted his half-rock, half-clown attitude: patterned shirts, accordion in hand and a mocking smile, he also gives to see the fragility of the man, behind the provocative comic. The film is based on a short film, directed by Yankovic himself in 2010. He cheerfully mocked the dramatic biopics that tell the lives of fallen stars, rockers in perdition and other Hollywood icons.
On Jimmy Fallon's show last March, Daniel Radcliffe explained that he was chosen by Yankovic himself. "When I first talked to Al, I thought, 'I'm immensely flattered that you would choose me to play you, but, why me? I'm mortified but excited." He then hypothesized that he was cast thanks to an improvised musical sequence during a Graham Norton Show from 2010. Proof in pictures.
Involved in the project, Al Yankovic attended every day of shooting and promoted the film on his social networks. Co-producer and co-writer, he worked with Eric Appel, director specialized in comedies and online comedy formats.
The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, before a release on the streaming channel Roku, November 4.