Director Nicholas Stoller and producer Evan Goldberg riffed about the casting at a press conference last weekend after UPI asked them how they found the girl -- who plays Seth Rogen's and Rose Byrne's infant daughter Stella in the film -- then convinced her real-life parents to allow her to appear in some pretty outrageous situations.
"She's a visual effect. It's a $10 million baby," Stoller deadpanned.
"It was Andy Serkis," interjected Goldberg, who was sitting beside Stoller. "That's what we should have done. That's the big reveal -- Stella IS Andy Serkis!"
"He did a lot of [acting like a baby,] covered in [motion-capture] dots," the director quipped, before answering the question more seriously. "It was very lucky that we found her. There were two of them. Their names are Zoey and Elise [Vargas.] As you direct more movies and get more work, you are able to be more blunt with people. I went into the trailer and I said to the parents, I was like, 'Just so you know, in this film ...' And the dad said, 'The baby eats a condom; we're fine with it.' And because we are essentially telling, I think, and maybe something is wrong with my brain, but a sweet story, I think the parents understood that. They understood what we were going for."
Co-starring Jerrod Carmichael, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Neighbors opens nationwide Friday. It is about a married couple who wage war on the college fraternity brothers who set up house next door and wreak havoc on the neighborhood with their non-stop partying.
Goldberg and Rogen previously collaborated on This is the End, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and Superbad. Stoller's film credits include Muppets Most Wanted, The Five-Year Engagement, The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.