Weird Al advised Daniel Radcliffe how to play the accordion for ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’.
The 33-year-old actor stars as the parody musician in the new biopic and was criticized the most by Al over his technique with the musical instrument, even though there was a lot of “freedom” in the fact that he does not make a solid imitation.
He said: “I think a lot of license and freedom has been given by the fact that it’s not just a biopic and an Al knockoff. That, I think, gave me a lot of freedom to be like, okay, he’s a version of that person. And I’m also very lucky that Al was nice! And he wasn’t sitting on set like a hawk thinking to himself: “Ah, you did wrong. He is very, very generous. Most of the notes I received from him were musical, and particularly about the accordion. He said to me: “Can you be a little more expansive in the way you pump? Because you’re a little careful with it, “and he’s very expressive with it.”
The ‘Harry Potter’ star went on to explain that the ‘White and Nerdy’ hitmaker – whose real name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic
– was ‘worried’ he would make him appear ‘shy’ on screen but found a sense of ‘approval’ when he saw he made the comedy songwriter laugh.
but he told Collider: “So I think he was a bit concerned that I would make him look like a shy accordionist. So yeah, there was that, but in general it was intimidating but also when you saw it laugh at something, you’d be like, ‘Okay, great! I can go home.’ It’s a very good mark of quality.”