"The thing that is a misconception about Al is that it's all just like silliness and fun," he exclusively told E! News at the film's Nov. 1 premiere in NYC. "It also walks a line and he's incredibly precise, like his comedy, the way he performs as a musician. How many different styles can you really have to become a master of? It's something that is just an unbelievably uncommon skill and range of skills."
"As much as people love him," the 33-year-old continued, "I still think people should write him higher as an artist."
Weird Al rose to fame in the 1980s with hits such as "Smells Like Nirvana," "Eat It," "Amish Paradise," "Fat," and "White & Nerdy," as well as a variety of polka medleys, most recently the 2018 song "The Hamilton Polka." So, to prep for the role, Daniel chose learned to play the accordion.
"Look, I'm very I'm not very good at it," he said, "but it's very enjoyable."
Eric Appel's Weird: The Al Yankovic Story also stars Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Jack Black as late DJ Wolfman Jack and Rainn Wilson as fellow parody musician Dr. Demento. Weird Al himself also appears in the film, playing a record producer. The movie is set to begin streaming exclusively on The Roku Channel Nov. 4.