‘Weird Al’ meets Madonna in new film trailer

A new trailer for the upcoming biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story gives more details about the film’s plot.

The trailer shows Yankovic (Daniel Radcliffe) with his future bandmates doing the beginning of one of his first songs, “My Bologna”. It also features a visit from Yankovic Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood), who asks him if he plans to parody one of her songs.

You can watch the trailer below.

Yankovic is shown engaging in violent drinking bouts, sometimes with the help of Madonna, in the clip. Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson), a California radio host who spots Yankovic in a club, warns him: “I think Madonna is a bad influence on you.” (Although the film is loosely based on Yankovic’s real life, he has never been romantically linked to Madonna and does not drink.)

“In front of all the billions of people watching around the world right now, all I’m going to say is be as weird as you want to be,” Yankovic says in the trailer. “You will never find true happiness until you can truly accept who you are.”

In March, Radcliffe spoke further The Tonight Show about how he got the role of Yankovic. “When I spoke to Al for the first time, I was like, ‘I’m hugely flattered that you would choose me to play you, but like, why me?'” the actor asked.

Radcliffe explained it in November 2010 he sang Tom Lehrer’s satirical song “The Elements”, which lists elements in the periodic table, on The Graham Norton Show. “I sang ‘The Elements’ next to Colin Farrell and was very amazed Rihanna, which I think was like, ‘Who is this kid and why is he singing all the elements?'” Radcliffe recalled. “And I guess Al saw that and thought, ‘This guy might get it.’ And then chose me.”

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