50 Cent weighed 160 pounds when he portrayed the cancer-stricken Deon. The rapper went through a nine-week liquid diet and went on a treadmill three hours a day, losing his entire muscular frame. He has gained more than 40 pounds back after filming wrapped.
The college football team in the movie used jerseys from the Grand Rapids Community College football team. The bookstore scene also used the GRCC bookstore and included sweatshirts on the rack that included the Grand Rapids Community College name and "GRCC" lamp post banners throughout the movie.