“Weird” Al Yankovich may be one of the most interesting and unique music figures in history, but to make his life into a biopic with Weird: The Al Yankovich Story—it’s a challenge for director Eric Appel to make it more interesting than a bologna sandwich.
Here is the official synopsis:
Daniel Radcliffe is “Weird” Al Yankovic in the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time. From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him.
The film also stars Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Julianne Nicholson as Mary Yankovic, Rainn Wilson as Dr. Demento, Toby Huss as Nick Yankovic, and “Weird Al” Yankovic as Tony Scott. Eric Appel directed the film from the screenplay written by Appel and Yankovic.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Eric Appel on bringing this somewhat true and highly fictional story of “Weird Al” Yankovich to the masses.
Eric Appel has a background in animation and sketch comedy. He studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He directed a few episodes of Funny or Die Presents…, The Office, and Silicon Valley. Later he expanded his directing experience into the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Die Hart, and Son of Zorn.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is available on The Roku Channel on Friday, November 4th.
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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, The Roku Channel