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Bizarre Al Yankovic Weighs in on Daniel Radcliffe’s Portrayal and Seeing His Life on the Massive Display screen


Within the late Nineteen Seventies, Alfred Matthew Yankovic, recognized by his moniker Bizarre Al, emerged onto the music scene as a grasp of tune parodies on radio’s “Dr. Demento Present” — and his legacy continues to reverberate worldwide. With such huge hits as “Eat It,” a riff on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and “My Bologna,” a nod to the Knack’s “My Sharona,” Yankovic has earned 5 Grammy Awards and offered greater than 12 million albums. Recent off his newest 133-date tour, the musician’s life is now the topic of Eric Appel’s biopic, “Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story,” which stars Daniel Radcliffe within the eponymous lead function and bows Nov. 4 on The Roku Channel.

What’s it like to look at your life changed into a biopic?

It’s lots of enjoyable. I’m very excited for folks to see it. I’ll say that the biopic takes a number of artistic liberties. It’s not 100% correct. I’m afraid individuals are gonna begin altering my Wikipedia entries to make it an increasing number of in keeping with a film — so they could need to maintain off on that.

Had been you influenced in any respect by different biopics — say, Howard Stern’s “Non-public Components”?

I appreciated “Non-public Components,” myself. I don’t know if that was any form of inspiration for this film. In actual fact, folks have been saying, “How come you didn’t simply play your self within the film like Howard Stern?” And it’s like, it’s OK to have an early-30s Daniel Radcliffe enjoying early-20s me. However yeah, I believe early-60s Al enjoying early-20s Al most likely wouldn’t fly.

Daniel Radcliffe is implausible within the function.

Completely. Eric and I have been sitting round, and we have been attempting to determine who could be an excellent individual to play me within the film. And we generated an inventory of perhaps half a dozen or so actors that we thought might pull it off. And the identify that we stored specializing in was Daniel’s, as a result of we simply thought that he had the precise perspective and the precise power for the film. Daniel is superb at comedic performing in addition to dramatic performing. And we undoubtedly wanted any person who might do each. As a result of regardless that it’s a comedy, we don’t play it like a comedy. We play it like a really, very severe Oscar-worthy Hollywood biopic. And Daniel had to have the ability to pull off these dramatic moments, which he does. We’re each thrilled that Daniel was open to doing the function. And as we predicted, he completely nailed it.

Was it troublesome deciding which songs ended up within the film?

Properly, there are lots of Bizarre Al hits that didn’t make the film as a result of we have been principally specializing in the very early a part of my profession, which meant songs that I wrote between 1979 and 1985. So we stored that timeline just about and did a lot of the hits from that period. Though on the finish of the film, we throw in “Amish Paradise,” which is from 1996. And that’s simply because at that time within the film we have been like, nothing issues. Info don’t matter. We’re simply going to throw something on the market. So we simply made that a part of the chronology. That’s what Hollywood biopics do.

Had been you on set throughout manufacturing?

I used to be on set each single second that the cameras have been rolling. I’m the co-writer of the film, I’m one of many producers of the film and I’m the topic of the film. I needed to guarantee that I used to be accessible in case anyone wanted me for a fast rewrite. Or if Daniel wanted any person to point out him, like, the place to have his fingers on the accordion. The entire thing was very surreal, however it was thrilling. We form of captured lightning in a bottle as a result of it was an 18-day shoot. And it was an unbelievable quantity of fabric to get by way of. And I can’t consider we pulled it off.

 

Bizarre Al Yankovic Weighs in on Daniel Radcliffe’s Portrayal and Seeing His Life on the Massive Display screen

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