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(2003)

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When Dennis Greene, who played Reggie, showed up for shooting, he was told by Martin Lawrence's bouncer that he mustn't look into Lawrence's eyes or talk to him, and Lawrence himself was subsequently nasty to him. It was all a ploy arranged by Michael Bay who wanted the boy to be genuinely scared of Lawrence. Greene also wasn't told about the gun that he would be threatened with.
While this movie was shooting on one side of Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) was filming on the other side of the park.
During the freeway chase scene, director Michael Bay attached cameras to a couple of stunt cars and asked the drivers to crash into the falling cars in order to capture never before seen shots.
Michael Bay claimed that one of the reasons why he wanted to make this film R-rated was that he was tired of having to work within the confines of the PG-13 rating.
Marcus's dog, 'Mason' actually belongs to the film's director, Michael Bay. Martin Lawrence was uncomfortable acting around the dog during filming due to the dog's large size.
Scenes from the movie were filmed at the "Bird" house in Delray Beach, Florida. The mansion stood nearly completed and vacant for years before it was purchased. The new owner advertised in Variety for a movie company to use the mansion in a movie and blow it up. By the end of filming, only the swimming pool was left.
In return for illegally tapping into a phone line, Fletcher asks for floor seats to the Miami Heat vs. the Los Angeles Lakers game. John Salley is a retired professional basketball player who has played for both teams.
When Marcus shows his badge to the exterminators in order to commandeer some of their equipment so they can get into Tapia's mother's house, if you freeze the picture you can read Marcus' badge clearly. He is a Lieutenant with the Miami PD. In the original Bad Boys (1995), when Marcus holds his badge up to the peephole for Julie to look at, you can see it says "Sergeant", so clearly, in the intervening eight years, Marcus was promoted.
Director Michael Bay comments on the DVD that they got through the whole car chase without damaging the Ferrari (in spite of what we saw on film for laughs). He complains that Martin Lawrence struck a concrete barrier with the passenger door in a following scene (an outtake).
As of date, the last R-rated film to be directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as the last film where both of them worked on together.
About three days before filming Michael Bay suggested that Jordi Mollà play Tapia with a Cuban accent, so Cuban-born Yul Vazquez (Reyes) was taped reading all of Jordi Molla's lines in Spanish and English. The character was built in about two days.
In a 2013 conversation with film critic David Denby at the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles, screenwriter Ron Shelton confessed that when asked by Jerry Bruckheimer to work on the script, he had not seen Bad Boys (1995) and quickly fast forwarded through a Blockbuster rental of the film before his interview. It also stated that to that day, he has never seen "Bad Boys II."
In a quick look at the high school yearbook, Mike Lowery's middle name is Eugene.
The car that Will Smith is driving after the mortuary scene is a 2003 Buick Blackhawk concept car.
Director Michael Bay shut down production for a time because he had to settle a legal matter with his financial advisors.
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The producers had to receive emergency relief of the manatee protection laws from Florida Governor Jeb Bush to hold the high-speed boat chase in the Miami River.
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Two different Ferraris were used to make this film, the two models have very little external differences. The car you see most often is the more powerful 575M Maranello, however, Michael Bay's 550 Maranello was used for really daring stunt work.
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Henry Rollins has, in his spoken word performances, recounted the circumstances under which he received his part in this film. He showed up for an audition for Armageddon (1998) unkempt, with a single page torn out of the script and in a really pissed-off mood. He proceeded to give a lousy audition after being ignored by Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. He didn't get the part. However upon auditioning for Bad Boys II (2003), he threw caution to the wind and ended up landing the part almost by accident!
The MacArthur Causeway, the main route to South Beach in Miami, was shut down for several days for filming. This caused literally thousands of people to have to go miles out of their way to get to and from Miami Beach in early August 2002.
The two-toned guns that Mike Lowrey uses are Glock 17 and 19 pistols. Both pistols are chambered for 9mm. Marcus Burnett's gun is a SIG-Sauer P226. Throughout the film they repeatedly use the Heckler & Koch UMP .45 submachine gun.
In an early version of the script there was a part for English singer/actor Jimmy Nail.
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The building used for the Spanish Palms Mortuary is actually the milk plant for McArthur Dairy. They added a fake facade that matches the architecture to crash the ambulance through.
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Mark Mancina was supposed to score the film along with Trevor Rabin, but ended up leaving the project due to "creative differences."
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During the filming of the scenes at Cape Florida State Park the movie crew fenced off one of the main parking lots with a chain-link fence for trailers for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and a basketball court was erected in their compound.
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Early previews for the movie credited John Lee Hancock as a screenwriter.
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According to the yearbook Mike Lowrey flips through, his extra-curricular activities included the chess club and the world geometry society.
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Marcus mentions Skittles in this film and Bad Boys (1995). First, as a request to the convenience store clerk-mistaking him for a thief-rather than a cop. Secondly, he tells Mike he has been taking Viagra like the candy-after his "nerve damage".
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While filming a car stunt on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, a stunt car went out of control and ran into a couple of street light poles.
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Johnny Tapia's Miami mansion is actually an enormous estate known as "Vizcaya". It was built by industrialist James Deering in the early 20th century as his "winter home". The estate is now a public museum and its gardens are a popular spot for weddings.
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The high school yearbook is from Miami Palmetto Senior High, an actual high school in a Miami suburb.
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The first shot of Johnny Tapia, standing in a gazebo on the water's edge and talking on the phone, appears to have been filmed at Vizcaya Gardens in Miami. The gardens are open to the public year round, except Christmas.
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Dan Marino's cameo was written by Ron Shelton, who primarily works on sports films blended with romantic comedy and drama.
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As Marcus and Mike are planting the bugs in Tapia's house, Johnny Tapia is talking to Alexei and at one point he says "I, me, Johnny Tapia will sever your head off". This is almost an exact quote said by famous mob boss John Gotti caught on wire tap.
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Actor Gene Gabriel auditioned for the role of Hector Juan Carlos 'Johnny' Tapia.
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The car hauler ditching automobiles on a public highway was previously done in the Clint Eastwood film The Rookie.
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Director Cameo 

Michael Bay:  the man driving the P.O.S. car that Marcus attempts to confiscate, but Mike tells him to go for a better car.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 51
Towards the beginning of the movie the TNT leader is played by Henry Rollins. In this scene he is seen playing the backup for Lawerence and Smith, while they try to arrest some members of the KKK. Well, six years later in the second season of Sons of Anachary he plays AJ Weston a member of the Aryian Brotherhood. These two groups are very similar as they both stand for white power and the supremacy of the white race.
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