Daniel Radcliffe admits that playing Weird Al Yankovic in Weird: The ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Story (and donning the singer’s signature Hawaiian shirt) is a huge responsibility that he doesn’t take lightly. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is a talented musician, singer, and songwriter who uses music to criticize the pop culture and parodies other artists’ successful songs.
His comedic songs “Eat It,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” and “Like A Surgeon” are among his most well-known. Yankovic was the subject of a planned biography earlier this year, for which he would serve as co-writer and producer. In the film, directed by Eric Appel of Funny or Die, Radcliffe, who is well known for his role in the Harry Potter series, has been confirmed to play the primary character of ‘Weird Al’.
In a recent interview with People, Radcliffe revealed that portraying Yankovic in the upcoming biopic is a big job. He considers himself “honored” to have the opportunity to play “Weird Al” Yankovic and bring the artist’s journey to life. “Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a great duty that I don’t take lightly,” Daniel said in a statement with People. “I’m honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailable true narrative of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life.”
Although Radcliffe may appear to be an unusual choice for the role of Yankovic, the actor has a track history of carrying small, oddball films. Radcliffe isn’t known for being a funny actor, but a few of the independent films he’s appeared in, such as Swiss Army Man, Guns Akimbo, and What If, have allowed him to develop his comedic skills. There will surely be some laugh-out-loud moments in Weird: The ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Story, as Yankovic co-wrote it, but Radcliffe’s more serious acting abilities suggest that Weird: The ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Story will not be devoid of true emotion.