“Don’t Look Up” is a dark comedy produced bythat stars a stacked cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, and Jonah Hill. It also stars Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, who both play famous artists who perform at a concert during the film.
In a behind-the-scenes look from Netflix Film Club, McKay mentioned the “7 Rings” singer and how she improvised part of her performance.
“Ariana Grande most certainly did improvise. In fact, her best improv was when she sang the song for the first time,” McKay said. “She’s the one who added all that stuff about ‘We’re all going to die’ and ‘Turn off that shitbox news.’ That was her riffing on the first scratch track of the melody line. And the second I heard it, I was like, ‘That’s going in the movie.’
McKay continued that the 28-year-old’s performance was one of his favorite moments in the film.
“And that might be one of my favorite moments in the movie where you have pretty much the biggest popstar in the world singing beautifully, ‘We’re all going to die.,'” McKay said. “Every time I see it, it just has this hilarious cognitive dissonance with it. So Ariana Grande can definitely improvise.”
Some of the lyrics Grande sings during the concert include: “Look up, what he’s really trying to say/Is get your head out of your ass/Listen to the goddamn qualified scientists.”
Earlier this week, McKay revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio improvised his final line of the movie. He also clarified that a shot of the film crew spotted during one scene was not a mistake and was meant to commemorate filming.