“Bizarre Al” Yankovic on Casting Daniel Radcliffe in His Biopic – The Hollywood Reporter


“Bizarre Al” Yankovic and Daniel Radcliffe are huge followers of one another.

Whereas selling his new biopic, Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story, the award-winning artist obtained candid about why he needed to recruit the Harry Potter actor to play him, saying he had the “proper vitality for it.”

“I’m a giant fan of Dan’s. He does wonderful dramatic performing and wonderful comedic performing, and he will get it,” Yankovic tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I imply, I knew that he’s an enormous comedy fan. He’s an enormous nerd, identical to me, and I knew that he would simply actually lock into the tone that we had been going for on this film, which is so vital.”

It wasn’t as vital to Yankovic that Radcliffe wasn’t an “precise bodily doppelganger” as a result of the movie is supposed to be a parody of biopics, and it was extra vital for the star to have the ability to grasp that than to look precisely like the primary character.

“I simply thought that he would simply actually have the ability to seize the spirit of the character that we’ve written for the film,” he says.

Radcliffe didn’t understand Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story was alleged to be a parody till he started studying the script. When he initially obtained it, he wasn’t positive why he was being requested to learn for this function.

“I used to be already a giant ‘Bizarre Al’ fan, and I used to be confused about why they might ask me to play him in a film of his life as a result of I used to be like, ‘I don’t look very very like him,’” Radcliffe tells THR. “However then I learn it, and I used to be like, ‘Oh, proper. It’s high quality. We’re not doing that. We’re doing one thing completely different, and it doesn’t matter.’”

Nonetheless, it didn’t take very lengthy for him to understand that there’s nothing else a “Bizarre Al” biopic may very well be aside from a parody of biopics.

“Seeing that and seeing how properly they’d like completed that joke, after which speaking to them and being like, ‘Yeah, Eric Appel is beautiful. Al appears beautiful,’” says Radcliffe. “You simply wish to make a film with these guys.”

Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story is now streaming without spending a dime on Roku.



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