A video of its filming in Amsterdam turned up on social media networks showing a car chase. A Porsche Cayenne is shown crashing into a Smart and pushing it in the water. The video went viral and the story changed to it being a stolen car in a real chase.
The movie poster showing Ryan Reynolds carrying Samuel L. Jackson is a spoof of the poster for The Bodyguard (1992) where Kevin Costner is carrying Whitney Houston. Even the tag-lines are the same (albeit with pronoun changes).
Contrary to the way it is portrayed in the movie, Interpol is not a supranational law enforcement agency and has no agents who are able to make arrests. Instead, it is an international organization that functions as a network of criminal law enforcement agencies from different countries.
The script from the film was among the top 2011 Black List of unproduced screenplays. While originally intended as a drama, the script underwent a "frantic" two-week rewrite to be remade into a comedy several weeks prior to filming. On March 9, 2016, it was reported that Wadlow had exited the film and Patrick Hughes signed on to direct the film.
During the trailer, the song "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston from the movie The Bodyguard (1992) plays in the background.
Reunites Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman for the third time. They previously appeared in True Romance (1993) and RoboCop (2014).
As Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is escaping by boat, the "Wilhelm Scream" can be heard when Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), trying to keep up on a motorcycle, pushes a man off a bicycle into the river.
This will be the second collaboration between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds after Turbo (2013).
This will be the second collaboration between Ryan Reynolds and Gary Oldman after Criminal (2016).
Jeff Wadlow was going to direct the movie, but left to finish True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016).
Reunites Salma Hayek and Joaquim de Almeida, who previously starred together in Desperado (1995).
Ryan Reynolds, Elodie Yung, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard E. Grant and Gary Oldman have all played comic book characters. Reynolds played Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in Green Lantern (2011), and Wade Wilson/Deadpool in Deadpool (2016), Yung played Elektra Natchios in Netflix's Daredevil (2015), Jackson played Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Octopus in The spirit, Grant played Dr. Zander Rice in Logan (2017), and Oldman played Detective (later Commissioner) James Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy(2005~2012)
The painting in Mr. Seifert's office is a replica of "Judith Beheading Holofernes" (1599-1602) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610).
In Deadpool (2016), Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) talks about Samuel L. Jackson and his role of Nick Fury. A little over a year later, the two actors appear in this film together.
Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) sings the song Nobody Gets Out Alive to Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds). In Van Wilder (2002), one of Van Wilder's (Ryan Reynolds) key lines is "Don't take life too seriously; you'll never get out alive".
Both Samuel L Jackson and Joquine de Almeida were in Tom Clancy movies with Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. Jackson was in Patriot Games and de Almeida was in Clear and Present Danger.
Over one hundred crew personnel worked on both Europe set espionage themed movies Criminal (2016) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017). Stars Gary Oldman and Ryan Reynolds appeared in both films.