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(2010)

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Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis did not get along well at all on set. Reports surfaced that Willis disliked Smith's direction, felt he didn't interact enough with the cast, and disagreed with Smith's use of marijuana. Smith has counter-claimed that working with Willis was "soul crushing", stating that Willis often refused to listen to direction, was occasionally combative and was generally unpleasant on and off-set.
The first film by Kevin Smith to not be written by him, as well as his first produced by a major studio.
Seann William Scott said on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show that a lot of his scenes were improvised, such as the scene where he finishes Tracy Morgan's lines and the jail scene.
On one occasion, Bruce Willis said to Kevin Smith, "I'm Bruce Willis! I've been Bruce Willis successfully for 25 years! How long have you been Silent Bob, motherfucker?"
After one particularly stressful time working with Bruce Willis, Kevin Smith retired to his trailer and punched three holes in the bathroom wall - holes his assistant later dubbed, "Die Hard One, Die Hard Two, and Die Hard Three."
When Kevin Smith found out the studio was going to lock in the title of the film as "A Couple of Cops" so they could run the trailer behind Sherlock Holmes (2009) Christmas weekend he told a producer, "God that title is going to feel like such a fucking cop out." The producer replied, "We should just call the movie that."
Kevin Smith said that part of the appeal of directing this project was that this is the type of film his late father would have enjoyed.
Kevin Smith's highest grossing movie.
Kevin Smith described Bruce Willis "the unhappiest, most bitter, and meanest emo-bitch I've ever met at any job I've held down" and "a fucking dick".
Kevin Smith credits Tracey Morgan for getting him through the shoot by being funny and good-natured. He said that "He's a f*cking dream. Tracy Morgan, I would lay down in traffic for. Were it not for Tracy, I might have either killed myself, or someone else in the making of Cop Out (2010)."
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The first film by Kevin Smith not to have been produced by Scott Mosier. Mosier opted out because he had his own project he wanted to direct.
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Kevin Smith thought of Harold Faltermeyer to compose the score, feeling that the film was an homage to the '80s cop comedy genre and needed one of that genre's most prominent composers. Faltermeyer had retired, but was looking to come back and, after seeing a rough cut of the film, signed on.
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After Jimmie and Paul take Gabriella to the Mexican restaurant, Jimmie's arm is shown him wearing a bandage when they're inside the car at Paul's house. That was because a scene in which Jimmie is attacked by an assassin at the Mexican restaurant was deleted.
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Starting on the first day of filming, Bruce Willis intentionally flubbed his lines and mannerisms in order to waste time during filming. He would often refuse to say his lines. One scene with him and Tracey Morgan in a car was supposed to be the two of them talking. However, Willis decided that his character would be so angry at Morgan that he wouldn't talk to him, so Morgan got more lines that scene.
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Kevin Smith had been a fan of Bruce Willis for years prior to working with him. Willis, after acting with Smith on Live Free or Die Hard (2007), told him that he was interested in being in one of his films. Despite all this, it was Warner Bros. that suggested casting Willis as Jimmy Monroe.
Warner Bros. picked up the project in turnaround in 2008 from Gold Circle Films, where it had been in development with Robin Williams and James Gandolfini in the lead roles.
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The title is a pun, obliquely referring to being changed from "A Couple of Dicks". That title was itself a pun, with "dick" being 1940s slang for "detective," and was actually spoken by someone in the precinct after the interrogation scene.
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On the second day of shooting, Kevin Smith stopped by and told Bruce Willis he was a huge fan. As they were sitting down, a group of people recognized Willis as John McClane. Willis turned to Smith and said, "those are the worst ones."
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During a scene shot in front of a green-screen, Bruce Willis lectured Kevin Smith and his crew on their choice of camera lenses. Willis then lashed out at Smith for not knowing the proper specifications for the camera's lens size.
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Bruce Willis would openly refused to stand on his lighting mark in outdoor scenes, then ignore Kevin Smith's orders during filming and walk off to the catering table constantly.
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Jason Mewes and Ben Affleck were approached for roles in this film, but couldn't make it due to scheduling conflicts.
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Kevin Smith had previously acted with Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard (2007). Smith also appeared in Manchild (2007), which was written by this film's screenwriters, Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen.
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"Variety" incorrectly stated that the title had been changed from its original one of "A Couple of Dicks" to "A Couple of Cops." Many news sites concluded that the change was a result of the studio disliking the double-entendre nature of the original title. Kevin Smith's previous film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), had problems with its title as well. It would be changed because no major network would broadcast it before 9:00 pm.
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Bruce Willis accused Kevin Smith of spending most of his time smoking marijuana and not interacting with the actors.
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Kevin Smith's first film since Mallrats (1995) in which Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein were not involved.
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Kevin Smith claimed via Twitter that he took an 80% cut to make the film.
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The screenplay was in the 2008 Black List (a list of the best unproduced screenplays).
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One of the distinguishing tattoos on Dave's forearm is a reference to director Kevin Smith's dog Shecky.
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In response to the critical drubbing the film received, Kevin Smith lashed out at the community of film critics on his Twitter account saying, "Writing a nasty review for Cop Out (2010) is akin to bullying a retarded kid. All you've done is make fun of something that wasn't doing you any harm and wanted only to give some cats some fun laughs." Smith also implied on Twitter that he may charge critics for advance screenings of his films, a service which has typically been provided free; this subsequently ignited a strong response from some critics condemning his stance as "dishonest" and "disingenuous".
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Bruce Willis supposedly threatened to punch Kevin Smith during a break from shooting a scene in a hotel room, then denied it when Smith called him on it.
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According to Kevin Smith Bruce Willis was often unable to improv with Tracey Morgan. "He seemed shell-shocked by how fast Tracy could make up dialogue and be funny. Tracy was so fun, and Bruce was like, what is he talking about? He started trying to ad-lib," says Smith, "and he'd look out the window and be like, "Is that Connie Chung out there? I think that's Maury Povich". He's naming these names, and you're like, does he have an old TV Guide under the table? Why is he bringing these names up?"
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Tracy Morgan quotes a line from Jaws (1975), which is one of Kevin Smith's favourite movies. He also quotes a line from the Die Hard films "Yipee kay yay mother f...er", which Bruce Willis states he's never seen that. He played John McClane in all the Die Hard films.
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Bruce Willis mentioned on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that another proposed title for the film was "Cop Suckers".
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This was the first film directed by Kevin Smith which was not produced by Scott Mosier.
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3rd Kevin Smith film not to feature Jay & Silent Bob
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Kevin Smith: [comic books] A vintage Justice League action figure is shown.
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Kevin Smith: [Star Wars] Paul (Tracy Morgan) quotes a line from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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