Daniel Radcliffe has always been a slim, neat and handsome British boy. The trailer for his upcoming movie, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” however, saw avid fans screaming about his flat abs on an ironing board. He revealed the real reason behind his new look in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” that aired on Friday.
“I was more shirtless as Al than I’ve been in anything else,” he told ‘ET’ host Rachel Smith at the International Film Festival. of Toronto. “An article about the movie came out saying I got in shape for this role, which I didn’t. My parents do CrossFit. They’re in their 60s and they’re incredibly fit people, so I just have to follow them.
Let Radcliffe say it, her parents are “phenomena” when it comes to fitness regimens. “We don’t do CrossFit together. CrossFit is their thing. I’m probably not fit enough for CrossFit,” he added.
For his latest role, Radcliffe took the place of “Weird” Al Yankovic, the singer who parodied popular songs and solidified that craft into a genre of its own. Directed by Eric Appel, the film will be released on the Roku channel in November.
The actor naturally tried his hand at the accordion to convincingly portray Yankovich, who has already performed a live guitar solo for the very first time on stage in New York. Radcliffe, whose craft is mostly about acting, didn’t particularly appreciate the effort.
“The accordion is a nightmare,” he said. “It’s lovely, it’s wonderful, it’s really, really fun, but it’s also brain-busting… [It takes] immense practice and talent. It’s crazy what he can do.
About the movie itself, the actor said it was “the only time I played someone I was a fan of.” He told “ET” he was very happy that Yankovic was “an incredibly sweet and kind person” and was just playing “one version” of him.
“Honestly, this movie from start to finish was just one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had,” he told the outlet. “There was no one on this set who was indifferent to Al’s music, everyone on this set loves Al and was so excited to be there everyday.”
He went on to add, “It was like this kind of amazing honor that we all got to be a part of something so crazy.”
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” premieres on the Roku channel on November 4.