Daniel Radcliffe was terrified of being mistaken for a terrorist while filming ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’.
The 33-year-old actor has the lead role in the new biopic and admitted he was always anxious while traveling because he had to carry the spoof musician’s signature accordion everywhere and worried that its bulky cargo would attract attention. attention from security personnel, who I want him to play the instrument to make sure his story is verified.
He said: “I traveled so much with an accordion for this film and I had this major fear of going through security and that they suspected it was a bomb.”
Explaining his fear of staff challenging him to play the instrument in front of other passengers, he added with a laugh: “You know, to prove it’s not an explosive. Do you know how stressful that would be? It is a very difficult instrument to play. “
Daniel liked that the movie didn’t shy away from poking fun at rock biopics such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocketman,” especially because it meant he didn’t have to try and imitate the voice. of Al.
He told Empire magazine: “I remember asking, ‘Am I going to have to sing? Because I can sing, but not in Al’s range.’ “Eric [Appel, director] was like, ‘You’ll be lip-syncing throughout.’ We wanted to laugh at the trope of a famous actor who mimes.”
While the ‘Swiss Army Man’ star found the film’s subject matter to have a lot of ‘wholesome’ qualities, he also had to shoot one of the most ‘weird’ scenes of his career.
He said: “What’s so fascinating about Al is that he manages to make the connection between the wholesome and the really weird.” He can be childishly surreal, with a real side of madness and danger to him.
“There’s a scene involving an LSD trip that’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever done.”