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"Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" Is More Than A Little Embellished, So Here Are The Few Things That Are Actually True

"27% of this movie is true." — Weird Al Yankovic, 2022

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is out now, and it's simply 108 minutes of absurd joy.

It stars Daniel Radcliffe and is a parody of the musical biopics that have become so popular in the last few years. Could you expect anything else from Weird Al?

Here's a handy list of the things that are actually true in the movie, and which ones have been more than a little embellished:

1. TRUE: A door-to-door salesman did come to Al's house and sparked his interest in the accordion.

Weird Al playing the accordion

2. FALSE: His parents didn't support his music, and Al had to practice the accordion in secret. In reality, Mr. and Mrs. Yankovic were perfectly supportive of their son.

Weird Al's parents in the movie

3. TRUE: "My Bologna" was recorded in a public restroom, just not at a bus stop.

4. FALSE: "My Bologna" was Weird Al's first hit.

Weird Al sitting on a couch

5. TRUE: Dr. Demento is a real person and was instrumental in launching Weird Al's career. He did not, however, come up with adding "Weird" to Al's name as the movie suggests.

Rainn Wilson as Dr Demento; Demento in real life

6. FALSE: Al's career trajectory was pretty much completely different from what the movie portrayed, starting with the fact that his roommates became his bandmates.

Weird Al and his Dr Dementor and two other guys

7. TRUE: The percussion on "Another One Rides the Bus" is actually from a Al's drummer, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, hitting an accordion case as was shown in the movie.

Weird Al and Jon Schwartz

8. FALSE: Al had drug and alcohol issues that caused a turbulent phase in his career.

Radcliffe as Weird Al drinking onstage

9. TRUE: Oprah did interview Weird Al, but the real interview had a "slightly different vibe" from what the movie portrayed.

Quinta Brunson as Oprah in the movie; Oprah in real life

10. FALSE, of course: "Eat It" was written before "Beat It," and Michael Jackson's song is a parody of Weird Al's original.

11. TRUE: The "Yankovic bump" is actually a thing.

12. FALSE: Madonna romantically pursued Weird Al so that he'd write a song parody of "Like a Virgin," and the two had a torrid romance.

Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna

13. TRUE: The Hawaiian shirts, if not the excessive shirtlessness, are a staple of Weird Al's style over the years.

Radcliffe as Weird Al in a Hawaiian shirt; Weird Al in a Hawaiian shirt

14. And finally, FALSE: Several truly outlandish scenes that obviously ever happened, but that I'm going to list out anyway so you get a sense of this movie's vibe.

Radcliffe as Weird Al receiving an award