Charlie Sheen pulled a prank on Emilio Estevez by saying that he had punched a paparazzo in a restaurant on the night before filming. Sheen took it further by having an on-set police officer who was working security arrest him for assault while he was filming a scene. Estevez was stunned until Sheen returned laughing.
The screenplay for this movie was mentioned in the same June 1985 "New York Magazine" article about Emilio Estevez and his then-frequent costars that coined the term "The Brat Pack" for that group of actors. At that time, the screenplay's title was "Clear Intent."
The restaurant where Carl and James eat lunch is called Good Stuff. There are three locations in the Los Angeles area - they filmed at the location in Hermosa Beach on The Strand, which James mentions during lunch as a desired location for the surf shop he and Carl dream of opening.
Charlie Sheen previously played Chris Taylor in Platoon (1986). In Men at Work he plays Carl Taylor. A "grunt" that gets paired up with yet another crazed Vietnam vet in Keith David (I)'s character, Louis Fedders.
When Carl joins James in their garbage truck for the first time James gives a JOLT soda to Carl and has one for himself. JOLT Cola is renowned as the soft- drink with the most caffeine- 280 milligrams, twice that of Coca-Cola or Mt Dew, and equal to 2 cups of coffee as well.