Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill have a very brief scene while riding in a car. As Morgan had a major role and this film, and since it was shot in only fifteen days, every spare moment Morgan had was spent studying lines. This scene with Jonah took three days to shoot, and between takes, Morgan was script reading. Jonah felt he was being ignored by his co-star. This was not true. When the final shot was done, and the camera was off, Morgan, to relieve the tension, turned to Jonah in a deadpan presentation, did The Name Game song from the 1960s. Jonah Jonah je jop (sic) Jonah, etc, etc. When done, Morgan told Jonah, "Now do me".
At a press appearance before a screening at The Paramount Thearer in Charlottesville, Virginia, to WMRA radio's Terry Ward, Morgan Freeman said that this film fit right in with his own personal hope to shed his image as someone usually so heavy with gravitas.
The short documentary about the making of this movie revealed that actress Paz Vega doesn't act that she doesn't speak English very well. Before shooting this picture her English skills were even worse than those portrayed in the movie. Some times she had to resort to phonetically copying the English words from the script.
Director and producer Brad Silberling gave his two leading characters lots of freedom to improvise during shooting. Lots of scenes in the movie were totally improvised on the spot. The dance scene by Morgan Freeman at the car wash is a good example. The singing scene in the car by Vega and Freeman is another example of total improvisation.