Weird Al Yankovic Biopic Cast at New York Comic-Con 2022

Daniel Radcliffe wears an eccentric outfit

Daniel Radcliffe said he spent many hours practicing the accordion so he could shoot Weird Al with some accuracy in an intentionally imprecise film.
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next movie Stranger: The Jankovic Story Square parodies. It’s supposed to tell the true story of satirical songwriter “Stranger” Jankovi?, but by and large it is all complete luck. It’s a farce of music Biographical film Stretch the truth in order to tell a more engaging story. From what the filmmakers have shown so far, it looks like it is This is Spinal Tap Meets Anchorman.

Jankovi? wasn’t at New York Comic Con in person but went live to the gill-filled crowd on Sunday night. He said he was actively involved every day on set, which helped produce the film he co-wrote. Apparently, it was all on deck during filming, which happened within an incredibly short amount of time. “The entire eighteen days of production were very strange,” he told the assembled audience. “We were recreating moments that were a bit exaggerated. It was like watching a weird home movie.”

The movie also featured an exclusive trailer for the upcoming movie The Scammers. Held at a pool party hosted by Dr. Demento (Ryan WilsonFrom the desk Fame) which includes several comedian stars who play major entertainment characters from the late ’70s and ’80s, including Divine (Nina West), Andy Warhol (Conan O’Brien), and—as Jack Black wore the wolfman jockey Jack Put it on— “The man from the queen.” Weird Al from Daniel Radcliffe has to come up with a satirical song right away or he loses the respect of these big stars. Pulling his legendary accordion, Al makes the song “Someone else rides the bus.”

Apparently, getting all of these famous actors in one place requires Yankovic to clear out his contact list and ask friends he’s made over the years if they’d be interested in dressing up for a day. Apparently there were more than a few celebrities in Hollywood willing to answer their phones.

It’s so emblematic of Weird Al’s legacy that the creative minds behind the film seem to be parodying musical biographies in the style of recent films like rocket man or bohemian rhapsody. However, this does not mean that the actors were necessarily willing to allow the absurd nature of the anti-documentary to give them a pass, at least according to their statements on the panel. Radcliffe, who wears a real and fake mustache to look like the parody songwriter, said he was initially surprised to get the role because he doesn’t look a bit like Yankovic. That was until he read the script, and learned that, in fact, there was little about the movie that matched real life.

When Radcliffe was jokingly asked, “What did you do to prepare for this role, go to the accordion store?” , his response was “Actually, yes” – and explained how he got his hands on Yankovic’s prized machine so he could start practicing, you better not be a burden on that fast shooting schedule.

Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Madonna, said she did research in many interviews with Madonna in the 1980s. In this release, the pop icon appears to have eliminated Al vortex from drink, drug, and musical stardom. Of course, none of that happened in real life, according to Jankovi? Apparently, this whole side of the story was extrapolated from a supposedly impromptu comment Madonna gave to a director, asking “I wonder when Weird Al is going to do ‘Like a Surgeon’?”—based on her hit ‘Like a Virgin’. History, he released it in 1985, one year after her song.) When asked if the filmmakers were concerned about what Madonna might think about her portrayal, Jankovi? joked, “Well, it’s not on my Christmas card list…we took This block of truth and expanded it into this whole psychotic arc that occupies the rest of the movie.”

Stranger: The Jankovic Story Premieres November 4 on Roku.


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