The trailer of Daniel Radcliffe’s latest film, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story has been released. Radcliffe, 33, stars as the titular character who became a musical sensation with his parodies of already famous songs. Notably, just like its subject’s songs, the film too is a parody of biographical films. The real Al Yankovic has co-written the script alongside the film’s director, Eric Appel. Alongside Radcliffe, the film stars Evan Rachel Wood and Will Ferrell.

Who is Daniel Radcliffe?

Daniel Radcliffe was born in London on July 23, 1989. While his father was from a working-class Irish family, Radcliffe’s mother was born in South Africa to Jewish immigrants. The Harry Potter star was interested in acting from his childhood, and had starred in BBC’s David Copperfield when he was only five. Radcliffe’s first film role was in the 2001 movie, The Tailor of Panama.

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Radcliffe auditioned for the role of Harry Potter in 2000 and managed to bag the part after several rounds of assessment. Chris Columbus, the director of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, said that when he first saw Radcliffe as David Copperfield, he exclaimed, “This is what I want. This is Harry Potter”.

Along with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, Radcliffe became an international sensation soon after the first film in the Harry Potter series was released. The trio went on to portray their characters in all eight films. Notably, Radcliffe’s performance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire received some criticism, but he managed to appease the naysayers in the subsequent releases.

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Besides films, Radcliffe has also appeared in a number of plays. Most notable among them was his part in Equus, a play about a man who is obsessed with horses. Some were of the opinion that being nude onstage for this play would see Radcliffe, then 17, lose his role in the Harry Potter franchise.

Post the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe continued his acting career in films like Kill Your Darlings (where he portrayed the Beat Generation poet, Allen Ginsberg), Swiss Army Man, and Guns Akimbo.

Radcliffe was the sixth highest-paid actor among Hollywood’s leading men in 2010. In December the same year, he managed to bag the fifth position in a Forbes magazine list of the highest-grossing Hollywood actors.