Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is just days away from premiering on The Roku Channel, and “Weird Al” Yankovic even dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss the parody of musician biographies.
Fallon especially mentions that Evan Rachel Wood portrays Madonna, who plays a major role in the film. The host then asks Yankovic to reveal the true nature of his relationship with the Queen of Pop. “There are a few small grains of sand scattered throughout biopic“, he said. “By the way, our relationship is platonic. The only time I actually met her was in 1985 and I talked to her for maybe 45 seconds backstage. That is the extent of the whole relationship’.
“She’s in the whole movie, by the way,” Fallon notes, to which Yankovic replies with a laugh, “Oh, she’s a big part of the movie.”
The duo then discuss the famous “Yankovic bump”, where an artist’s song gets a sales boost after Weird Al making a parody. In the film, the concept is hilariously exaggerated, with Madonna doing anything to get the “Yankovic bump”.
In real life, however, the boost happened with stars like Nirvana. “My ‘Smells Like Nirvana’ parody came out and we got a call from Nirvana’s record company saying thank you,” Yankovic recalled, adding that thanks to his song, the band’s forget it album sold an extra million units.
See the whole The Tonight Show interview with Yankovic below, and catch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, starring Daniel Radcliffe on The Roku Channel starting Nov. 4.