Noah Baumbach's latest film, "While We're Young," follows a documentary filmmaker in his 40s (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) as they go down the Brooklyn hipster rabbit hole with a couple of Bushwick artist-types (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). But in creating an authentically ridiculous hipster world, Baumbach had to be careful not to ape current trends for fear they'd be passé by the time the movie came out. The solution? Predict what the kids will be into next.
My first question, I guess, is f—ing hipsters, right?
(laughs) Yeah, f—ing hipsters. From the time I started writing this script to when we shot it, the notion of hipsters in Brooklyn had already morphed and grown, and things had changed from even when I first started writing it, so I kind of was aware of the fact that to parody this specifically, I was always going to be behind it no matter what. So in a way I kind of made up my own version of it while also using tropes and things that we're all familiar with. The way we went about it was to make it interesting to us. I wasn't sure if people were on Rollerblades again yet, but I was like, "Let's just do it and I'm sure somebody's on them."
You could accidentally be setting the new trends.
Yeah, exactly. "What you all should be doing is rollerblading." (laughs)
With Adam Driver's character, you have a remarkable portrait of a charlatan, a con artist type. How much of that is in the casting?
There's always going to be that balance, because on the one hand Ben falling in love with this guy is funny from the beginning even if you don't suspect he's something other than he claims. But definitely casting Adam broadened the opportunity with that guy in that he's so compelling and he's such a physical presence and he's so charismatic and interesting. So it allowed for a lot of flexibility.