Pierce Brosnan and Brett Ratner were hoping to collaborate on the next James Bond movie, but after that fell through with Bond producers, they decided to maintain their relationship, and do this instead.
The pier to which Max (Pierce Brosnan) ties the inflatable boat, was a set piece fabricated just for the film. However, there was once a pier at this location (Sycamore Cove State Beach) in a different location. Occasionally, the old pier pilings are visible protruding through the sand.
EASTER EGG: On the Special Features, maneuver to the lower right corner of the screen for an additional scene of Max (Pierce Brosnan) and Lola (Salma Hayek) teasing Stan (Woody Harrelson), by pretending to have sex, and then telling jokes to fool his bugging gadget.
Talking about joining the movie, Director Brett Ratner said: "I love caper films. There are so many great films in this genre, but what makes 'After the Sunset' different, is that it's a heist movie that has a combination of great relationships, heart, and comedy."
AMC Theaters and New Line Cinema promoted this movie by placing an ad for a sweepstakes on their large popcorn bags. They misspelled Salma Hayek's last name as "Hayak" on the initial print run, but the error was quickly caught and rectified.
When Max and Stan are fishing on the boat, Max catches a shark, once Stan touches it and finds out it is still alive, he shoots it several times while telling it the Miranda rights. The bullets should have gone through it and penetrated the hull of the ship. In the next shot, they are pulling into the dock with seemingly no issues with the bullet penetrations.