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 Director 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.
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.
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).
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 Police Department. 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.
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 (2003).
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.
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.
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 several miles out of their way to get to and from Miami Beach in early August 2002.
The line in which Johnny Tapia says to Alexei "Listen here you Russian punk, I, me, Johnny Tapia will sever your head off" was taken from a real FBI audio surveillance recording of American Mobster John Gotti, in which Gotti stated "You tell this punk, I, me, John Gotti will sever your motherfucking head off."
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.
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.
Johnny Tapia's Miami mansion is actually an enormous estate known as "Vizcaya". It was built by industrialist James Deering in the early twentieth century as his "winter home". The estate is now a public museum and its gardens are a popular spot for weddings.
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 caliber submachine gun.
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 on Christmas.
Mike uses the same line near the end of both movies with just a little change. First, "that's how you're supposed to drive, from now on, that's how you drive!" Second "that's how you're supposed to shoot, from now on, that's how you shoot!"
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.
One of the reasons that original composer Mark Mancina did not return, is that Michael Bay instructed him to only come up with certain "action beats" for the film, and not to compose melodic music, like he had with the original. Unhappy with this decision, Mancina left the project, and was replaced by regular Jerry Bruckheimer collaborator Trevor Rabin.
Towards the beginning of the movie, the T.N.T. leader is played by Henry Rollins. In this scene, he is seen playing the back-up for our heroes, while they try to arrest some members of the K.K.K. Six years later, in the second season of Sons of Anarchy (2008), he plays A.J. Weston, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. These two groups are very similar, as they both stand for white power, and the supremacy of the white race.