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(1998)

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The afro and mustache in the photo on Detective Carter's badge were added as an afterthought in post-production.
According to director Brett Ratner, this film was the first film to be released in the U.S. featuring Jackie Chan in an English-speaking role without any kind of dubbing. According to Ratner, before this film Chan always had his voice dubbed over in his English-speaking roles because of his uncertainty in speaking the language. For this film, however, Ratner convinced him to forgo the dubbing as it would lend to the authenticity of his character.
Brett Ratner was a big fan of Jackie Chan's Hong Kong movies. He felt that American audiences would not be familiar with the jokes in Jackie's other movies, and deliberately re-used some of his gags. For example, the scene where Inspector Lee accidentally grabs Johnson's breasts is a reference to Jackie Chan's film Mr. Nice Guy (1997).
Chris Tucker improvised much of his dialogue, as he normally does in his films. According to director Brett Ratner, during the scene at Grauman's where Detective Carter bribes Stucky for information, there was so much improvisation between Chris Tucker and John Hawkes that they almost did not think they could edit it together as a coherent conversation. There are still continuity errors in the dialogue for this reason.
Elizabeth Peña played a prank on director Brett Ratner in which she appeared on the set wearing nothing but her character's bomb squad vest. According to Peña, she thought Ratner would laugh, but instead, he was extremely nervous and embarrassed.
Jackie Chan was almost killed filming the scene where he is almost crushed by metal boxes. They slammed together about a quarter of a second after his head was clear.
Martin Lawrence was the original choice for Carter. Eddie Murphy was offered the role of Carter, but he turned it down to make Holy Man (1998) instead. David Chapelle, Will Smith, and Tupac Shakur were all considered for the role of Carter.
At the Grauman's Chinese Theater, Carter shows Inspector Lee the footprints of John Wayne, an actor whom Chan went on to spoof in Shanghai Noon (2000). And the sequel Shanghai Knights (2003).
The original casting choices for the roles that ended up being Lee and Carter were Chris Farley and Martin Lawrence, and many news reports connected Farley's not making the film to his tragic death in December 1997. In fact, Farley and the production for the film had decided a few years earlier not to work together on the film, as they were already leaning towards the ultimate casting choice for the two leads (one Asian actor and one black actor); Farley's downward spiral in real life covered roughly the same time period that this film was made.
After Carter shoots down Clive's car, he starts dancing like Michael Jackson. Three years following the release of this film, Chris Tucker appeared with Jackson in the music video of his song, "You Rock My World."
Chris Tucker asked to see Fakin' Da Funk (1997) before he signed on to do Rush Hour (1998).
The exterior shots of the Chinese Counsulate is also used as the exterior shots for the original Wayne manor in the Batman (1966).
Carter's Vette's license plate has the same three-letter combination as the license plate of the van that the consul's daughter is held in.
David Morse and J.T. Walsh were some of the actors considered for Thomas Griffin, but the creators preferred an actual British actor for the British character.
One of several films released in 1998 to feature the new blue Pepsi cans, which were introduced that year.
Chris Tucker's line, "Which one of y'all hit me?" comes from Seven Samurai (1954), in which a drunk Samurai gets hit on the head with a stick and says, "Which one of you hit me?"
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After filming and editing was completed, a rough test cut was shown to audiences - who demanded more Jackie Chan action scenes. The crew went back for a few more filming days and added in the scene where Chan fights multiple bad guys during the closing confrontation and the giant vase scene.
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Both Chris Tucker and Chris Penn previously appeared in different Quentin Tarantino films--Penn in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Tucker in Jackie Brown (1997).
Chris Tucker and Clifton Powell also appeared together three years prior in Dead Presidents (1995), though they did not share any screen time.
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Lee's handgun is a Glock 17.
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Carter's handgun is a Beretta 92fs Inox.
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George Cheung starred in this film and the TV series Rush Hour (2016).
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The film is considered to be a remake of Red Heat (1988). Both films are about tough foreign policemen whom go to the United States and partner up with cocky American policemen to take on a crime lord from the tough foreign policeman's country.
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Lee (Jackie Chan) is taken to Grauman's Chinese Theater by Carter (Chris Tucker). In 2013, Chan would go on to have his own hand and footprints placed at the same theater.
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