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BABY MAMA

Casting The Film
During the period that Kate is concentrating on having a baby, she has been handed her most important assignment at work: planning and developing Round Earth's flagship store. While assuaging fears of local small-business owners, whose livelihoods would be threatened by a massive store in their neighborhood, she meets Rob Ackerman, the owner of the Super Fruity juice shop. Rob is played by Greg Kinnear.

After reading McCullers' script, Kinnear was eager to work on the project.

Remembers Kinnear: "I thought the script was strangely sweet. The female leads are a little bit like the female odd couple, in a way that is very funny, and I think the situations that the characters are forced into are very unusual.”

About the casting of Academy Award®-nominated Kinnear, Fey compliments: "We keep saying, oh my God, we got all these real movie stars to be in this movie.”

The chemistry between Kate and Rob is not quite immediate, considering their adversarial relationship. Kinnear describes Rob as "a Philadelphia lawyer who is doing quite well for himself who finally tosses it all away in order to follow his dream and open a fruit juice/smoothie store.” He laughs, "How would that not turn a woman on?”

Having watched a date literally walk out on her after telling him about her desire to quickly become pregnant, Kate is more cautious as she starts seeing Rob. "Trying to have a baby is a very personal process for her because nobody around her seems to know, particularly me, what exactly is going on,” Kinnear explains.

Without telling Rob, Kate has patronized the pricey Chaffee Bicknell Surrogacy Center, headed by Bicknell herself. She advises Kate on the advantages of paying another woman to carry Kate's fertilized eggs to term. According to Chaffee, surrogacy is simply another example of outsourcing. "Chaffee is a baby broker,” Poehler offers. "She puts together surrogates and people who want to have babies, so she is in charge of changing people's lives. She's a very powerful woman.”

"Michael had noted in the script that the perfect person to play this part was Sigourney Weaver,” Lorne Michaels remembers. The filmmakers were ecstatic when the three-time Academy Award®-nominated actress, who has starred in such landmark films as Alien, Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, agreed to play the part of the imposing Chaffee.

"I've loved everything she's done, and Working Girl was a huge influence on this film, with the idea of that kind of class difference,” says Poehler. "We were thrilled that she wanted to do it.”

"Chaffee spent the '80s on Wall Street and the '90s with the Clintons,” explains Weaver of her character. "And now she's started something that is very timely: a lucrative business of matching women who want, or families that want, to have children with surrogate mothers.”

While Chaffee's $100,000 fee ensures that all needs of her clients and surrogates are addressed, she continually becomes pregnant the old-fashioned way. "It's particularly disturbing and ironic that my character, at an advanced age, seems to get pregnant through positive thinking,” Weaver laughs.

Weaver agreed with Fey and Poehler and appreciated acting in a comedy in which the women are not just supporting players. After receiving the screenplay, she felt it was "wonderful to read a female-driven comedy. It was a very touching idea about having a family and what a family is.” Of her co-stars, she adds, "It's so great to have these very pretty, very funny women driving the story. I think it's finally about time. My hat is off to them.”

The idea for Angie to become a surrogate wasn't hers, but that of her commonlaw husband, Carl (played by comic actor Dax Shepard), a guy she's been with for 12 years—though he won't admit to more than th

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