The upcoming biopic about US comedian Weird Al Yankovic is “full of surprises” as Daniel Radcliffe appears in the latest teaser trailer. A 60-second clip shows the Harry Potter star in a curly wig, glasses, and moustache playing the accordion in front of cheering crowds.
It will deal with the life and career of the musical parody sensation who rose to fame with humorous spoof versions of classic songs. In the trailer, Radcliffe can also be seen wearing scrubs as he performs Yankovic’s hit song Like A Surgeon, a cover of Madonna’s Like A Virgin.
In other scenes, he dresses in a collection of colourful Hawaiian shirts as well as shirtless onstage performances in which the actor showcases an impressive physique. “What can I say, I’m full of surprises,” Radcliffe says.
Funny Or Die produces WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, which will air on Roku. Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time and has won five Grammy awards.
Sharing the teaser the comedian wrote: “Get psyched.” Speaking about the film on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Radcliffe said it was “one of the most fun things I’ve ever done”.
“I’m rarely excited to see stuff that I’m in. I’m very excited to see that,” Radcliffe said. “It’s a fully insane movie it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.” He revealed Yankovic had given him accordion lessons and loaned him his personal instrument to prepare for the role and would “go to my grave” with the experience.
Yankovich previously shared the first glimpse of Daniel Radcliffe in costume and joked that a cosplayer was thrown out by security after trying to crash the set. “SHOOT DAY #8: It never fails – we’re trying to shoot a movie here, and this cosplayer weirdo tries to crash our set,” he captioned the photo.
In 2014, Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts became the first comedy release in history. He had early hits such as Eat It, a parody of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, and Amish Paradise, a parody of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise.
The videos he has released feature celebrities including Jack Black, Seth Green, and Donny Osmond. Yankovic previously expressed his delight to be portrayed by Radcliffe and joked that the film would be “the role that future generations will remember him for”. Aaron Paul was supposed to be a surprise addition to the movie but had to bail out at the last minute. The film’s production began in Los Angeles in early February, and it will be released later this year.
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