Weird Al Yankovich joined a contest for unpaid cameo in Bill and Ted Face The Music

The perennial music parody guy, Weird Al Yankovich, is a huge fan of the Bill and Ted film franchise. So big that he entered a contest to win an a brief cameo in the movie. Er, rather, in the end credits part of the film.

In fact, only eagle-eyed fans would have seen Werd Al show up in Bill and Ted Face the Music. As the singer recently pointed out on Instagram, he’s only on screen for a second or two. The moment takes place during the movie’s end credits sequence. Footage of fans seemingly jamming out to the soundtrack rushed past. And Weird Al is among them

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Didn’t Even Get Paid to Appear in ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’

A curious story considering Yankovich is still a celebrity musician himself. Would think he could have scored a cameo the traditional route and even gotten paid. It’s a much cooler way to get a cameo as a fan, though.

My favorite Weird Al parody is “Eat It”, spoofing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

Speaking of fandom, I enjoyed and recommend the strangeness of Yankovich’s movie, UHF ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I mean how many other comedies can you laugh at a guy sawing off his own fingers?

Still haven’t seen Bill and Ted Face The Music (FIRST LOOK) yet, but it’s definitely on our radar. Am eyeing buying the three film package deal for $39.99 from Google Play vs. paying $24.99 for just the new movie VOD. Just seems like a better deal getting three movies for 40 bucks vs. one movie for 25, but who knows if we’ll pull the trigger or not.

In the meantime, and though I’ve been trying to avoid any other reviews of the new Bill and Ted film, I’ve seen some positive review headlines. If you’ve see the new Bill and Ted, feel free to give us some non-spoiler thoughts in the comments.

FIRST LOOK: Bill and Ted Face the Music

Excellent!

One of the five movies I’ve most looked forward to watching in 2020 is the third Bill and Ted movie. Maybe not for the reasons some might expect. More on that shortly.

The original was the better than the sequel Bogus Journey, but I’ve been needing some more rock and roll from those crazy San Demis time travelers.

An official teaser dropped in June, giving us our first look at what the dynamic duo has been up to since their bogus journey. Answer: not much. They’re having a bit of a mid-life crisis, with Wyld Stallyns reduced to playing gigs “in Barstow, California, for 40 people, most of whom were there for two-dollar taco night,” as the future utopia’s Great Leader (Holland Taylor) observed. We got a brief glimpse of William Sadler’s Grim Reaper and Bill’s and Ted’s two daughters, Wilhelmina/Billie “Little Bill” Logan (Brigette Lundy-Paine, Bombshell) and Theodora/Thea “Little Ted” Preston (Samara Weaving, Ready or Not). Bill and Ted concoct a plan to travel to the future to steal the song that saves the world from themselves after they’ve already written it. (“How is it stealing if we’re stealing it from ourselves, dude?”)

Bill and Ted Face the Music drops final trailer with a new release date | Ars Technica

Let’s see what the official trailer looks like.

The trailer makes me want to go back and rewatch the first two films. I like how many of their signature moves were included like them kneeling over and doing some heavy air guitar.

But does it work with their characters being older? That’s the main thing that makes me curious about this film. Does it work with an older Bill and Ted? Can it?

With the right story age shouldn’t matter.

Given, they aren’t high schoolers any more, which has their “dude!” juvenile personas losing a little — maybe a lot — of luster. Then again, maybe older Bill and Teds are just the kind of radical character change the franchise needs to keep a third adventure fresh?

We all grow older, even Bill and Ted, but maybe it’s the child in me wanting to keep Bill and Ted locked at a certain age.

The trailer and the obvious older ages of the actors makes this look slower than the original and sequel, too.

Can this work for the franchise? I don’t know. Not that I’m trying to be ageist, but age for characters that are intentionally immature is an obstacle that the script must somehow overcome. We all know know Keanu Reeves is a great actor, regardless of age and I’m not sure what Alex Winter has been up to but in the trailer he doesn’t seem out of character. George Carlin is gone, so no Rufus on this adventure, sadly. Carlin might be a vital missing ingredient.

What do you think? Do Bill & Ted have to be high schoolers to make films in this franchise work? Should we be glad they didn’t try to digitally de-age them? (actually, that could have been a very funny inside joke to play off of in 2020)

Bill and Ted Face The Music will be released in whatever theaters are open and streaming on VOD September 1, 2020.