You’ve seen the video online: Will Ferrell as the listless lay-about who is accosted for his rent by a drunk, angry and foulmouthed landlord – who happens to be 2 years old.
The 2:45-minute video on FunnyorDie.com has been viewed nearly 3 million times since being posted last week. It was the brainchild of Ferrell and his longtime collaborator Adam McKay, director and co-writer of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
It co-stars McKay’s 2-year-old daughter, whose real name is Pearl, but does not curse like that when off camera, McKay tells PEOPLE.
“Fortunately she is in this great stage now where she repeats anything you say to her and then forgets it right away, which is key,” says McKay, who has two daughters by his wife of 11 years, actress Shira Piven (Jeremy’s sister).
Adds McKay, “She has not said the B-word since we shot the thing.”
The video was shot on a lark a little over a month ago in Ferrell’s guesthouse during a break in the third birthday party for Ferrell’s son Magnus.
“We invited a friend with a camera over and shot it in about 45 minutes,” says McKay, who set up the website, Funnyordie.com, as a platform for his and his friends short form comedy films. “We shot several shorts but we liked this one the best. I am not sure that it is the funniest – it is just that you can’t beat Will being cursed out by a 2-year old.”
At the request of PEOPLE, McKay made Pearl available, via email, for an interview. Her answers were funny, candid – and sounded suspiciously like those of an adult comedy director:
How old are you, Pearl?
I 2 years old. But when I wear my Dora shirt I look one-and-a-half.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you not hassling people for the rent?
I like to put my hands in the fountain. I watch Wonderpets. I like to buy old houses and flip them for a profit so I can buy boxes of Gallo wine.
Are you always so angry?
Will Ferrell no pay rent. I want my money. That’s why I mad.
What makes you laugh?
I like when my big sister Lili do the funny dance. I like when kitty chases string. I like when the sheriff puts peoples stuff in street cause they no pay rent. You pay rent!!
What do you think of Daddy’s friend Will Ferrell? What is he like?
He silly. He have doggies at his house. He also not getting his deposit back for water damage in the hallway.