When Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe recently went on a late-night talk show in the US, sharing a little-known fact about his upcoming movie.
In a sitting in Tonight’s show starring Jimmy Fallon, Radcliffe, 33, has revealed details about how he was cast as award-winning spoof comedy composer Weird Al Yankovic.
Even though the two never met, he said he was surprised when Yankovic specifically cast him in the role.
“When I first spoke to Al, I said, ‘I’m immensely flattered that you’d cast me to play you, but why me?
“I’m baffled but excited,” The lost City the actor recalled.
He said that Yankovic, who has sold 12 million albums and recorded more than 140 pop culture parodies, saw a young Radcliffe on television in 2010, where he performed every word of Tom Lehrer’s song, The elements (which for the uninitiated is to sing the entire periodic table of elements).
“Sing The elements alongside Colin Farrell and a very bewildered Rihanna,” Radcliffe said, on an episode of the British show The Graham Norton Show.
“I guess Al saw that and said, ‘This guy might get it.’ And so he chose me. So I’m very, very lucky.”
The movie, Stranger: The Al Yankovic Story, was filmed at lightning speed over 18 days, with the second official trailer dropping on Tuesday ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 9.
“It’s a completely crazy movie and one of the funniest things I’ve ever done,” said the boy wizard who starred in the world’s biggest children’s franchise of all time.
Big call, so how do you pull it off?
Becoming Al Yankovic
They say that playing celebrities dead or alive brings with it a great deal of responsibility and understanding of the person’s life, family and characteristics, not to mention reinventing pivotal moments in their careers and personal lives.
We have seen the Californian actor Austin Butler act Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann biopic, Taron Egerton plays Elton John in rocketmanand who can forget Rami Malek dominating the great Freddie Mercury in the 2018 masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody.
Then there are the stars trying to bring Marilyn Monroe’s life back to the big screen, with Cuban actress Ana de Armas starring in Blondor Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of the late Princess of Wales in Spencer.
For English actor Radcliffe, he filled Al’s big California shoes with humble cake, saying he thought a good place to start was mastering Yankovic’s signature instrument, the piano accordion.
“He lent me Al’s accordion for the month,” he said.
“He gave me his own accordion to practice with for the month. On the second day of that, I broke one of the straps…and then replaced them right away. Fortunately, he is like the kindest guy.”
He told a US talk show. the view: “[Al is] Only the best. He is the kindest human being and he was on set every day so it was a real treat.”
Yankovic even gave him lessons on how to play his beloved accordion, the instrument his parents chose over a guitar from a door-to-door salesman in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood.
“Now I can go to my grave saying I’ve had accordion lessons with Weird Al,” he said. Good morning america in March.
Posting on Instagram, Yankovic returned the praise: “That’s a WRAP for Mr. Radcliffe! Wait till you see him on this. He looks even more like me than I do.”
So what can we expect?
Featuring parodies of famous songs throughout the years of The Knack’s my bologna to Michael Jackson’s Eat it and Lady Gaga’s perform this way Threaded through this parody biographical story, the trailer shows a glimpse of his rise to international stardom and what happened when he was at the top of his game.
According to the official TIFF synopsis, the film was born out of a 2010 viral video by writer-director Eric Appel. [Yankovic also co-wrote and produced]that I wanted to do a decent explanation on how Yankovic successfully replaced popular song lyrics with funny ones.
”[It] is a raucous and entertaining narrative about the comedy and music legend, as well as a heartbreaking twist on all the musical biopics that came before it,” he wrote.
Praising Radcliffe for translating “the complex and tortured subject matter of the film onto the screen,” they believe the boy we all love as Harry Potter has finally cemented “his legacy in film history by masterfully portraying Yankovic in all his form.” be nerdy.” and charisma aw-shucks”.
Special mention to Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Madonna and urged Yankovic to put together his version of like a surgeon.
“Expect to laugh, prepare to cry (from laughter), and be sure to bring your dance clogs, because you’re going to be polka dancing,” we’re warned.