"When Lindsay was acting with Rachel, she got very shy, because Rachel was older and a very accomplished actress," said Waters.
"Amy definitely coached him on how to do the rap, and she actually gave him some of the moves and choreography for it." Kevin was played by actor Rajiv Surendra (who recently caused an online stir when he debuted a buff physique quite unlike nerdy Kevin's), and Waters said Surendra was a last-minute fit for the role: "It's funny, the part was actually supposed to be 'Kevin Ngor,' a Korean math nerd, but we couldn't find an Asian actor in Toronto who was good enough to play him.
And then this Sri Lankan kid comes in and does it, and we were like, 'Okay, we're gonna rewrite it. ' The character's great, because a small guy acting big is always funny." The MPAA wanted to give ," that was a rating Paramount had to fight for, says Waters.
I think Amanda could play the dumb girl,'" remembered Waters.
"So she came in and read it and nailed it, and we got the best of both worlds." , when I was going to direct it with Owen Wilson in the lead, and she definitely would have booked the part.
"She tested for Regina and was kind of brilliant, and very different than Rachel's approach.
She played it in a much more ethereal but still kind of scary way."Sherry Lansing, who was heading Paramount at the time, told us, 'We have to have Lindsay play the lead in Mean Girls.It's just not going to work having her play the villain, because she now has an audience that won't accept that.'" It fell to Waters to break the bad news to his actress, but at least she saw the upside to the role switch: "Lindsay kind of begrudgingly said, 'Okay, I guess I'll play the lead.Though Fey was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for scripting she let her friend Poehler take over when it came to crafting the talent show rap from mathlete Kevin Gnapoor."She'll actually give credit to Amy for this, because Amy is more of the rap person," said Waters."Lindsay was still a minor when we shot the movie, so we only had about nine hours of shooting time with her," Waters explained, and when that scheduling meant that all four actresses would have to be shot separately, he decided to improvise.