Kenny Powers, the series' protagonist, is the name of a real-life American stuntman who attempted to jump a portion of the St. Lawrence River in a rocket propelled Lincoln Continental. The stunt was conceived by a Canadian stuntman, Ken Carter. When it came time to jump, he backed out, and the crew contacted Kenny Powers, who then attended the jump. Failing in a dramatic fashion.
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In the season three finale, Kenny yells "I'm in a f***ing Cameron Crowe movie!" after abandoning his baseball career for April. Danny McBride would later appear in the Cameron Crowe film, Aloha (2015).