Trivia / Rat Race

  • Actor Allusion:
    • John Cleese's character is named Donald Sinclair, named after a Torquay hotel owner Cleese met, who inspired the character of Basil Fawlty.
    • This isn't the first time Wayne Knight has played a mailman.
  • All-Star Cast: Among the actors included in the movie are Rowan Atkinson, Whoopie Goldberg, Jon Lovitz, Seth Green, Cuba Gooding Jr., Amy Smart, Wayne Knight, John Cleese, and Kathy Bates.
  • Billing Displacement: Vince Vieluf does not appear on the poster, and neither does Lanai Chapman. Both are arguably more important and have more screentime than Tracy - who is on there.
  • Deleted Role: Diamond Dallas Page filmed a scene where Owen accidentally stumbles into his house (which is on the road by the way) and is caught in a compromising position with his wife. It was cut from the film after test audiences failed to react to his appearance.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • One of the High Rollers in Donald's group pulls a What the Hell, Hero? on everyone for exploiting the protagonists - and gets laughed out of the room.
    • A scene where the High Rollers play Monopoly with real money.
    • While the Lucys are chasing Owen, they run into a bus full of Rickys.
    • A scene where the cow is thought to be talking.
  • Fake Nationality: Rowan Atkinson is British playing the Italian Enrico Pollini.
  • Real-Life Relative: Jerry Zucker's mother plays the elderly Lucy impersonator.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Enrico was originally written to be a Chinese diplomat.
    • Jason Alexander was set to play Zack before Wayne Knight got the role.
    • The script called for just one tour guide in the Barbie museum. But Jerry Zucker liked the pair who made it into the film, so he had them both give the tour.

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