Daniel Radcliffe Names Elijah Wood an ‘Obvious’ Actor to Play Him in Parody Biopic

As someone who has now played another celebrity in a parody biopic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story star Daniel Radcliffe It would be fun to see his own life story given the same treatment. In fact, Radcliffe already has the perfect idea in mind if such a film ever gets made. The topic came up in a recent conversation with Variety in promoting Radcliffe’s new film, which was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Radcliffe said it would have to be Elijah Wood.

“I would say, if someone were to make a parody of my life, obviously [it has to be] Elijah Wood. We would change.”

Radcliffe, going a bit further by suggesting he could also play Wood, adds an interesting angle to the potential parody movie that, frankly, a lot of people probably really want to see. Saying it’s the obvious choice to go this way is due to the physical similarities of the actors, which has often caused fans to confuse one for the other. Of course, something else they have in common is that they are both stars of major fantasy movie franchises, with Radcliffe from Harry Potter and wood of Lord of the Rings.


“I was on a red carpet in Japan and a picture of you was thrown at me,” Radcliffe told Wood in a joint interview, via MuggleNet. “My first instinct was to say, ‘Oh, I’m not… So I can’t…’ but I thought the language barrier would be too much. So the quickest way to deal with that was to just write, ‘I’m not Elijah Wood, [signed] Daniel Radcliffe’, and then I hope someone translated it for him later.”

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Wood shared a story of her own in replying, “On multiple occasions I’ve been applauded for my bravery on stage in Equus. I was once in an elevator in Vancouver and it was just me and this other person and I could feel them looking at me. Yours sincerely. Just before the doors opened into the hall, he finally steeled himself, pointed at me and said, ‘Harry Potter!’ I said no!’ and I walked away.”

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Daniel Radcliffe plays “Weird Al” in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

The subject of parody movies comes up because of Radcliffe’s starring role in the Roku movie. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Although inspired by Yankovic’s rise to fame in the 1980s, the film also serves as a parody of musician biographies by taking some liberties and imagining “Weird Al” as a far more tragic personality. While Radcliffe has certainly shown his range by appearing in some weird movies over the years, this seems to be his weirdest role yet.

The official synopsis of the film is as follows:

Daniel Radcliffe is “Weird” Al Yankovic in the un-hyped true story about the greatest musician of our time. From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and fulfilled his dream of changing the words of world-renowned songs. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will begin streaming for free on The Roku Channel on Friday, November 4, 2022.

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