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A full trailer for the upcoming Weird: The Al Yankovic Story has dropped online, giving viewers their first proper look at Daniel Radcliffe in character as the titular parody musician.
Since appearing in the Harry Potter films, Radcliffe has carved out a niche for himself where he tends to play, well, weirdos, most recently opposite Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The Lost City. (If that movie was a soft reboot of Romancing the Stone, Radcliffe was firmly in the Danny DeVito role.) In that regard, the role of Weird Al is perfectly in keeping with his tastes, and he has certainly taken to the curly wig and Hawaiian shirt with gusto. But the former child star also appears to have brought something new to the character.
While much of the 3-minute video follows the many expected beats of a musical biopic, including humble origins, cameo appearances by other pop stars (in this case, Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna), a stratospheric rise and equally spectacular fall from grace, one thing in particular captured the internet’s attention: Radcliffe’s torso.
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That’s right. In a somewhat baffling move, Radcliffe has got shredded for Weird, as evidenced by multiple scenes in which he parades around shirtless or in an open robe with his lean physique on full display.
When the trailer first hit Twitter, people were slightly confused, and it prompted many to ask: was Weird Al ever really that cut? But that befuddlement soon turned to thirst, and the movie seems to now be appealing to a very important and influential demographic: the horny-on-main community.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.