Daniel Radcliffe has spoken candidly about how he landed the role of Weird Al Yankovic in the upcoming biopic, explaining how Rihanna played a (indirect) role in the casting.
the Harry Potter star will play the iconic comic book musician in the Roku Channel movie ODD: The Al Yankovic Storythough he revealed in a new interview that a rendition of Tom Lehrer’s song “The Elements” likely put him in the frame for the role.
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“When I first spoke to Al, I thought, ‘I’m very flattered by the idea that you would choose me to play you, but why me? I’m confused but excited,” he revealed The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Radcliffe then recalled an appearance The Graham Norton Show over a decade ago, where he appeared alongside Rihanna and admitted she was “confused” by his rendition.
“I sang ‘The Elements’ alongside Colin Farrell and a very amused Rihanna,” the actor said. “I think she was like, ‘Who is this boy and why is he singing the whole song ‘The Elements’?
“I think Al saw that and was like, ‘This guy might get it,'” Radcliffe added. “And that’s how he chose me. So I’m very, very lucky and now I’ve had accordion lessons with Al. I can go to my grave with that.”
A first look at the role of Radcliffe was released last month and sees the actor in Yankovic’s famous “Hawaii Shirt”.
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“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and I’m honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unimpeachably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life,” he said Radcliffe (via The Hollywood Reporter) back then.
Yankovic himself said of Radcliffe’s casting: “As my last film UHF When it came out in 1989, I made a solemn promise to my fans that like clockwork I would release a major motion picture every 33 years. I am very happy to say that we are on schedule.
“And I’m absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be playing me in the film. I have no doubt that this is the role that future generations will remember him for.”
Next to Radcliffe, STRANGE Evan will star Rachel Wood as Madonna, while Rainn Wilson will star Dr. Demento will play.
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