James Gandolfini reportedly lost 35 pounds for his role as Winston, all of which he had to gain back before shooting re-commenced on the upcoming season of The Sopranos (1999) because producer David Chase believed that "The Sopranos" audience would not like a "skinny" Tony (Soprano).
At the start of the movie before we are introduced to Jerry and Samantha, we see a traffic light on Laurel Canyon and we hear a car crash into another car. In the restaurant bathroom scene, Samantha tells Winston that Arnold Margolese ended up in prison because Jerry ran a red light and smashed into Margolese's Cadillac which Margolese got arrest for having a person in the trunk of his car.
Samantha goes to Las Vegas to become a waitress and a croupier. The same year as this film's release, Brad Pitt and Julia Robert starred in Ocean's Eleven (2001). The film is about a team of criminals whom set off to Las Vegas to steal $150 million from casinos.
In 1 scene, Frank tells Samantha and Winston that he's a postman whose business is pornography. James Gandofini (Winston Baldry) previously starred in 8MM (1999). In that movie, Nicolas Cage stars as a private detective whom embarks on a dark and dangerous journey into the porn industry to solve the mystery behind footage from a snuff movie which a teenage girl is slain by a mysterious masked killer.
In the scene where Jerry (Brad Pitt) is amusingly attempting to speak Spanish (widely spoken in Mexico) when saying to some men, "I need a lift in your El trucko to the next towno", there is also a reference to Robert De Niro. Pitt and De Niro co-starred in Sleepers (1996).
The Mexican is a 2001 romantic action crime comedy from director Gore Verbinksi and stars Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and James Gandolfini. In the film, Brad Pitt stars as a man working for the mob whom is sent to Mexico to retrieve an antique pistol which according to legend is cursed. But, complications emerge when his employer's grandson accidentally gets shot in the head and his estranged girlfriend (Julia Roberts) gets kidnapped by a gay hitman (James Gandolfini).