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Weird Al Gives Himself the Weird Al Treatment in New Biopic

Daniel Radcliffe, left, and "Weird Al" Yankovic strike a pose for a portrait at the Bisha Hotel, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Toronto. Radcliffe plays Yankovic in the film "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Daniel Radcliffe, left, and "Weird Al" Yankovic strike a pose for a portrait at the Bisha Hotel, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Toronto. Radcliffe plays Yankovic in the film "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Toronto (AP) -- When a young, bespectacled Al Yankovic picked up an accordion, few — especially Al, himself — would have predicted the long-running show-business career that would follow. But can you imagine if they did? That every step of Yankovic's way — the first Hawaiian shirt, the epiphany of riffing on “My Sharona” as “My Bologna” — carried the same portentous sense of fate that rings through most music biopics?

It's a funny enough idea that shortly before the raucous midnight Toronto International Film Festival premiere of “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” — a nutty, authorized biopic that takes that concept and has as much fun with it as possible — Yankovic was still riffing. He was sitting alongside Daniel Radcliffe, who enthusiastically plays Yankovic in the movie, at a Toronto bar stocked with on-theme cocktails like “Just Drink It."