Daniel Radcliffe on What to Expect From the ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Biopic (Exclusive)
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Daniel Radcliffe is ready for the world to see his transformation into “Weird Al” Yankovic for the upcoming biopic about the comedian’s life.
Last month, fans received a glimpse of Radcliffe in character, and although his Yankovic incarnation required some time in the hair and makeup chair, part of his look was his. “I grew the mustache, so the mustache was mine because I didn’t want to wear a fake one every day,” the 32-year-old actor told ET’s Cassie DiLaura during the talk and talks. SXSW 2022 “Lost City” premiere in Austin, Texas, adding that the wig was “pretty quick” to put on and take off.
Radcliffe said Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Madonna in the biopic, had “a much more complex process” to make her look proper. “We really had an amazing hair and makeup team. I don’t know how they did what they did in 18 days. It was all up to them,” he said.
As for what fans can expect from this biopic, Radcliffe joked that it was “the 100% true story of Al’s life.”
“I’m going to keep doing this for as long as I can,” he mused before adding, “because it’s crazy. I hope it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” will air on The Roku Channel, but a release date has yet to be announced.
Along with playing “Weird Al,” Radcliffe was also excited to talk with ET about portraying a villain in “The Lost City” alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The ‘Harry Potter’ star plays Fairfax, who kidnaps novelist Loretta Sage (Bullock) to help her locate a treasure in the jungle she mentions in her book. Things only get funnier when Alan (Tatum), the cover model of Loretta’s romance novel, rushes in to try and save her.
“If you have a scenario where they were like, ‘Do you want to be the villain of Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s heroes?’ You’d be like, ‘Yeah sure. I love them both and I loved the script,” he said of his role. “The script is really, really funny. [Directors] Adam and Aaron [Nee] did an amazing job of doing it. It was a very easy choice.
As for Bullock and Tatum’s on-screen chemistry, Radcliffe witnessed it firsthand. “I think chemistry mostly comes down to openness and openness and being curious about the other person you’re working with, and both Channing and Sandra are,” he told the praise of his co-stars. “I think they’d both be really difficult people not to have chemistry, they’re both incredibly nice and fun. I mean Channing can throw a party on his own in the room, so I I feel like it was very easy for them to find that.
Adam Nee agrees. “It was hard to argue them because it was so much fun,” the director told ET. “I mean, Channing and Sandy’s chemistry on set…they really giggled and giggled all day. They are wonderful, truly amazing.
“The Lost City” hits theaters on March 25.