In October, 2007, Charlize Theron said in an interview in Esquire magazine that "Reindeer Games" was her least favorite of all her films. She said: "That was a bad, bad, bad movie. But I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn't lying to myself - that's why I did it."
According to Danny Trejo, the real reason Vin Diesel was replaced was because Diesel was offered a starring role in The Fast and the Furious while playing the role that Donal Logue wound up playing. Vin wisely went with The Fast and the Furious and was discharged from this movie.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The character names Rudy and Nick are an allusion to the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" from which this movie takes it title. Nick (St. Nicholas) orchestrates the entire plan, only to have Rudy (Rudolph) lead it.