Weird Al Yankovic talks about pulling out his ‘address book’ to star in new biopic

Nothing about the new biopic Strange works normally. Which is entirely by design. After all, legendary Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe steps into the lead role as Weird Al Yankovic, famous pop song satirist, for a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary of the musician biopic that started as a short film on Funny or Die but is now expanded into a feature-length punchline. We know it Evan Rachel Wood plays Madonna in the film, and which Weird will dig into some of the best parodies Weird Al ever wrote. But how did the film secure the famous faces that appear throughout the film? Fans have Weird Al Yankovic’s rolodex to thank for that one.

The legendary songwriter has been promoting Strange, which will be on the Roku Channel later this year. And during a conversation at New York Comic-Con (covered by EW) about a particular pool scene featuring a variety of actors portraying famous celebrities from the 1980s, Yankovic himself made it clear that he asked to fill this scene with as many recognizable names and faces as possible. Weird Al said:

I was kind of the casting director for that particular pool scene. I went through my address book, emailed a bunch of my friends and said, ‘Hey, we’re shooting this crazy pool party in the valley, do you want to come out and spend half a day doing it?’ Luckily a bunch of people showed up and we were able to make it! I still can’t believe that actually happened.

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