Bill Cosby bought the television rights to make sure the film would never appear on TV.
After the film's release, Bill Cosby publicly criticized it and urged people to not waste their money on it, despite being the star, co-writer, and co-producer of the movie.
The film won three Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay. Bill Cosby requested special Razzie awards made of 24-carat gold and Italian marble, which cost the Fox Network $27,000. They were presented to him on The Late Show (1986) a few weeks after the Razzie ceremony. Cosby himself later brought the awards with him to show off, when he was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), happily declaring, "I swept the awards!"
During his brief period as head of Columbia Pictures, David Puttnam tried to cancel production on this film.
The film contains numerous product placements for Coca-Cola. Bill Cosby was a spokesman for Coke, and the film was produced by Coca-Cola, a division Columbia Pictures.
The Jane Fonda Workout that Leonard works out to was specifically made for the movie.
The Latin phrase 'Ipso Facto' (inscribed across Leonard's helmet) means, "By the fact itself."