by Dan Gibson
Somehow, this year is the 25th anniversary of the cinematic release of UHF, Weird Al Yankovic's attempt to expand his media empire. The film came out on Blu-ray this month, but even better, you can see the movie on the big screen this weekend at the Loft Friday and Saturday.
I guess I must’ve had an inside track on the audition just because I was one of the few guys that were bodybuilders and could actually act. I actually won a dramatics award for The Mouse That Roared in high school, so comedy was actually my forte, even though people didn’t realize it. Being around Arnold actually kind of hurt my career, because people thought I was just another bodybuilder who was into acting, when I was really an actor who was a bodybuilder. In fact, when Arnold first got into acting, he’d take me along because he knew I’d acted in high school and college. But I never could teach him to say “Callard” or “California” properly. [Laughs.]
I knew UHF was going to be hilarious just because Weird Al was associated with it....It’s not like it was Othello or anything. Anyone thinking that they were going to go in and get Shakespeare would have to be an idiot. It was all you could do to keep a straight face throughout the whole thing. But, you know, it was Weird Al. Anyone would jump to be a part of that opportunity.