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7 Things In The Weird Al Movie That Are Actually True

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:


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


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.


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


FALSE: “My Bologna” was Weird Al’s first hit.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


FALSE, of course: “Eat It” was written before “Beat It,” and Michael Jackson’s song is a parody of Weird Al’s original.


TRUE: The “Yankovic bump” is actually a thing.


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.


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


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.

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