From Freddie Mercury to James Brown to Madonna herself, many of the artists that “Weird” Al Yankovic have parodied have either received biographical treatment or featured a person in the works. So it’s fitting that the musical madman himself finally gets his own origin story in Freak, a film about the rise of Al – a film that turns out to be a parody of the biological work itself. Yankovic co-wrote the screenplay with director Eric Appel, and Daniel Radcliffe donned a tightly rolled wig to play an oddball playing the accordion.
The meta’s first official trailer, featuring all the highlights of every rock-and-roll life story before: How the musician came up with his most famous song! How could his parents not believe in him! Medicine! Sex! Making it more “weird” is that most of this never happened with Yankovic.
Freak has a great cast, including: Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey; Julianne Nicholson as Yankovic’s mother; Rainn Wilson as the new recording radio DJ, Dr. Demento (who, like in the movie, actually gives Yankovic his first broadcast); and Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, who really doesn’t look like the movie are not seduces Al and pulls him into the dark side. (Al himself makes a brief appearance in the trailer as the recording executive.)
There’s a long, winding road towards Freak is a real movie. It began in 2010 with a mock intro created by Appel by Funny or Die, with Aaron Paul as Yankovic (a good choice, but not as perfect as Radcliffe) and Olivia Wilde as Madonna. That trailer is a clear parody of the dramatic musical on the rise, while the new promo for the new full-length film shows off a smooth, sly shot. (Appel mainly works in television, directing episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Silicon Valley, and Happy ending, so he clearly knows how to make the fast-paced humor work on screen. Freak is his directorial debut.)
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