One scene shows Rasputia watching a talk show with a paternity test theme. Eddie Murphy endured a paternity scandal before the film's theatrical run, involving former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. A DNA test confirmed that Murphy was the baby's father.
This is the second film that Cuba Gooding Jr. had been in, that starred Eddie Murphy playing multiple characters. The first film was Coming to America (1988); he had a small non-speaking role, as a boy in a barber shop chair, which interestingly, was Gooding's first ever film role.
Some critics suggested that Eddie Murphy's involvement with this widely-panned movie may have hurt his chances of winning the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dreamgirls (2006). In the end, Murphy lost the award to Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006).