Weird : The Story of Aljankovic Kicks off Midnight at the Toronto International Film Festival For the crazy part , more than two hours before the midnight screening, hopeful crowds began to line up, some wearing the best Hawaiian print shirts and curly wigs. There are at least two more accordions waiting in line.
Weird , “Weird Al” Jankovic, co-written with director Eric Appel ( Brooklyn Nine-Nine , Silicon Valley ) and Producer Daniel Radcliffe A subversion of Jankovic, the trailer sees shirtless, sipping whiskey on stage and entertaining Madonna (played by Evan Rachel Wood) between accordion riffs.
The film is directed by Funny or Die , starring Aaron Paul as Al and Olivia Wilde as Madonna. At the premiere, Appel paired the feature film with musical biographies like Rocketman and Forest Gump and Boogie The film was compared at night .
The raucous screening had audiences following Jankovic’s on-screen songs such as “I Love Rocky Road” and “Amish Heaven” sings and applauds together. After the screening, Jankovic (in a Hawaiian print shirt), Appel, Jankovic, Wood and Radcliffe took the stage at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre to a standing ovation.
Weird debuts, Radcliffe dressed as Yankovic and holding an accordion, in the much-anticipated movie. “It was a very light-hearted conversation,” Radcliffe said when he agreed to play the parody singer-songwriter.
On screen, Radcliffe can be seen expertly playing Jankovic’s signature instrument of choice. “I did what I could,” the actor said with a smile. “It’s a very hard instrument.” In preparation for the film, Radcliffe received an email video tutorial from Jankovic, who said he would “cherish the rest of my life.”
“And I had to be next to him in the trailer while he was practicing,” Wood interjected, and the audience laughed. But Wood isn’t alone in treating his musical style. “It’s about a month between me studying ‘My Bologna’ and the chorus, so my girlfriend has been living in an eternal hell,” Radcliffe said.
The movie does feature an original song by Yankovic, played in the credits, during which he won an Oscar for singing it. The Grammy winner noted that they are currently in talks with record labels to release the film’s soundtrack, including the soundtrack. When asked if there would be a sequel to the comedy, Jankovic said, “I think there must be.”
Weird will premiere on Roku on November 4.