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Reportedly, Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett did not get along during production, and neither were very warm with each other when they went out to go promote the movie. Hartnett later revealed in an interview that he and Ford got along better by the end of filming, but said that there were times they would end up just sitting in the car when they were supposed to be doing a scene and neither of them would say anything for like an hour.
Gavilan is based on Robert Souza, who was a homicide detective in the LAPD Hollywood Division and moonlighted as a real estate broker in his final ten years on the job. The scene where a cuffed crook steals the gun from a patrol officer's belt and starts shooting it off in the parking lot actually happened during Souza's tenure.
Ron Shelton said that he thoroughly enjoyed working with Master P, Kurupt and André Benjamin, and came away from the movie concluding that rappers tend to be natural actors.
According to the DVD commentary the roles that Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett play in the movie are almost reversed in real life. Gavilan (Ford) is a good shot and almost a stunt driver. Calden is a lousy shot and driver. In reality Ford does not like guns and is a very poor shot at best while Hartnett is a very good marksman, having been through actor basic training for two other movies (Pearl Harbor (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001)) twice. Hartnett on the other hand does not like to drive while Ford is, according to Ron Shelton, "...a maniac behind the steering wheel".
The subplot of Gavilan trying to sell Jerry Duran's house to Julius Armas is based on Robert Souza's real-life attempt to sell Robert Evans' house to Dodi Fayed, who was in the music business at the time and for whom Souza did bodyguard work.
Director Ron Shelton met co-writer Robert Souza on Dark Blue (2002). A former cop, Souza was an adviser. Shelton was so impressed, he asked him to help co-write his next film.
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Lolita Davidovich, who plays escort service madame Cleo Ricard, is actually the real-life wife of director Ron Shelton.
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H20Klick is really the 504 Boys, a New Orleans-based hip-hop group that Master P produces.
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The roles of Gavilan and Calden were originally slated for John Travolta and Joseph Gordon-Levitt respectively.
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The film was originally going to be a drama before Marion 'Suge' Knight complained to the producers. The film was subsequently turned into a comedy.
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At one point, this movie, S.W.A.T. (2003), and The Italian Job (2003) were all filming on the streets of downtown LA at the same time.
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Joe Gavilan's frequently heard cell phone ring is the opening riff of "My Girl", while K.C. Calden's phone plays "Funkytown".
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Ron Shelton said that, according to the source material he worked with, K.C. Calden leaving the screenplay at Jerry Duran's house was based loosely on a real event. A police officer and aspiring screen writer was sent to a house to investigate a crime. When he learned that the homeowner was a film producer, the officer ran out to his car, brought in a screenplay he'd been working on and gave it to the producer!
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The hip-hop club was also used as the base of operations in Ocean's Eleven (2001) according to Ron Shelton.
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Mt. Olympus, location of Joe Gavilan's "monstrosity" that he desperately wants to sell, is a real street in the Los Angeles area.
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Ron Shelton mentions two scenes that were cut from the movie: an early scene where Ruby breaks up with former boyfriend Bennie Macko, because Shelton thought this was giving too much information too soon and would've ruined the shocked look on Gavilan's face when he learns that Macko used to date Ruby; and a more explicit love scene between Gavilan and Ruby (a side profile of her breast appears to have been edited out) to achieve a PG-13 rating.
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The ringtone for Joe's phone is 'My Girl', the song, written and performed by Smokey Robinson. In the third act, Robinson plays a cab driver whose cab Joe commandeers and makes him ride along.
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During the chase scene, when Gavilan (Harrison Ford) gets into the cab, you can just see the advertisement on top of the cab is for Ruby's (Lena Olin) radio show.
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When Gavilan gets home the single malt he drinks is LaGavulin.
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Gavilan says he hasn't been in his locker in ten years. Ten years before this, The Fugitive (1993) was released, in which Harrison Ford starred in. He played Dr. Richard Kimble, a fugitive who was framed for murdering his wife while going on the run from police to clear his name.
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Lolita Davidovich and Martin Landau also appeared in Intersection (1994) with Richard Gere and Sharon Stone.
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Joe Gavillan's ringtone is "My Girl" by The Temptations. The original version can be heard at the end and during the credits.
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Ron Shelton: [several things happening at once] Joe Gavilan talks with Cleo Ricard while K.C. talks to a talent agency while a suspect grabs a police officer's gun and starts firing it.
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