Adam McKay originally wrote Grande another line to say to DiCaprio’s character.
- “It was ‘mind your own business, you fucking boomer,'” McKay told Insider.
The director’s daughter made him change the line after telling him that no one said “boomer” anymore.
Adam McKay has admitted he needs his daughter’s help with the salty response Ariana Grande’s “Don’t Look Up” pop star character gives Leonardo DiCaprio’s character.
In the film, DiCaprio plays an astronomer, Randall Mindy, who is about to go on a morning show to warn the world that a comet is heading towards Earth and will destroy it. He ends up in the green room with pop singer Riley Bina, played by Grande.
Trying to chat, Mindy tells Bina that he’s sorry to hear about her breakup with DJ Chello (played by Kid Cudi), which is making headlines.
Bina responds by saying, “Why don’t you mind your own business, you old bastard.”
According to McKay, this was not the original line he had in Grande’s script.
“It was ‘mind your own business, you fucking boomer,'” McKay told Insider in a recent interview. They were like, ‘You can’t make him say that.’ So I was like, ‘Well, what would she say to him?’ “, he recalls.
“And they were both like, ‘She would just call him an old jerk.’ [Laughs] So because of their rating, I changed the line,” McKay continued. “I give them all the credit.”
This isn’t the first time Pearl McKay has helped her dad make movies.
Pearl also starred in the video that launched comedy site Funny or Die in 2007 when the 2-year-old played the rude landlord opposite Will Ferrell in the viral video ‘The Landlord’.
Grande made her own adjustments to her character for another scene.
When Bina performs at a concert in the film to warn citizens of impending doom, Grande improvised some of the lines, McKay revealed in a behind-the-scenes video from Netflix.
“Ariana Grande most definitely improvised,” he said. “In fact, her best improvisation was when she first sang the song. She was the one who added all that stuff on ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ and ‘Turn That News Shit Off’. It was his riffing on the first scratch track of the melody line. And the second I heard it, I was like, “This is happening in the movie.”
“Don’t Look Up,” also starring Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, is currently available on Netflix.