Arnold Schwarzenegger has always wanted to do a sequel, called Triplets with Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy as a third long lost brother. DeVito pitched script ideas back in 2003 but Schwarzenegger was too busy running for governor. DeVito agreed with his decision but doubted he would become governor.
The money was not available to pay to the two main stars and the director their normal fees. They decided to split a percentage of the gross profits between the three of them and ended up making more than they would have made taking their fees upfront because the film was such a hit.
Universal needed to know if Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Ivan Reitman were committed very early on because they were under deadline. They made the deal on a napkin at lunch with agents; they signed it and DeVito then had it framed.
Throughout the movie, Julius tells everyone he meets that he is from an island (shown at the beginning of the movie) in the South Pacific 300 nautical miles (350 miles) SSW of the Fiji Islands. Although the island depicted in the movie is fictional, there is indeed a VERY small island 350 miles in the SW/SSW direction of Fiji known locally as Ceva-I-Ra. Ceva-I-Ra (also known as Conway Reef) is an atoll-type coral reef stretching just under 2 miles long with a tiny sand cay (with some vegetation) in the center approx. 2 hectares in area.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Ivan Reitman were all realistic and levelheaded about business and thought Twins (1988) might be a difficult sell. But when watching the dailies they knew the film was a hit after people laughed at six takes of a scene.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had a lot of fun working on the film. The sequence Schwarzenegger had the most fun filming was when his characters drives Vincent's (DeVito) cars into the supermarket car park on two wheels, which in the close-up shots of Schwarzenegger, his reaction and the looks on his face was genuine and for real.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito's characters names are Julius and Vincent, respectively. In 1994, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta played Jules and Vincent respectively in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, which Danny Devito produced.
When Julius goes to his mother's old house and meets up with Granger (one of his and Vincent's six fathers), Granger's grandchildren are played by Jason Reitman and Catherine Reitman -- the real-life children of director Ivan Reitman.
In the scene when Julius and Vincent are walking down the street in matching suits, Vincent calls Julius "Mr. Ice" in reference to how cool he looks. Arnold Schwarzenegger later played Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin.
When Julius and Vincent pass each other outside the cinema. The marquee outside the Grauman's Chinese Theater lists the film Willow (1988). "Willow" was released in the United States on 20th May 1988. "Twins" was released in the United States on 9th December 1988.
The film was mentioned by Doug Gottlieb on "The Doug Gottlieb Show" (a sports radio show). Gottlieb compared real life twins, Anthony Davis and Antoinette Davis to the film's stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Anthony Davis, a 6'10" forward for the University of Kentucky basketball program, dwarfs his twin sister who checks in at 5'8".
Catherine Reitman (the director's daughter) has a cameo in this film, she would later go on to play the recurring character Maureen Ponderosa on the show It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Stars Danny DeVito.
When the film premiered on BBC1 in the UK in the early 1990s, the scene which Vincent and Julius visit Mitchell Traven. Julius (Arnold) says "For the first time in my life, I am mad!!" and calls Traven a "Slimeball". In the theatrical version, Julius says "For the first time in my life, I am pissed off!!" and calls Traven "Dickhead".