'Chris Tucker' did not reprise his role of Smokey from the original film because he'd become a born again Christian after filming Money Talks (1997) and chose to do the Rush Hour series instead. His character is referenced throughout the film to explain his absence.
John Witherspoon plays Don Curry's brother and Don Curry plays Mike Epps' father in this film. In reality, Don Curry is only 9 years older than Mike Epps and John Witherspoon is actually 19 years older than Don Curry.
The actors that play the Jokers (Jacob Vargas, Lobo Sebastian and Rolando Molina) each play a part in the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy, from the show of the same name. Lil Joker and Baby Joker are members of the Arizona charter, SAMTAZ, while Joker is a Nomad and later, SAMCRO.