* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Toyed with but ultimately subverted. Bowfinger gets his film crew by hustling illegal Mexican immigrants into the back of his van. By the end of the movie, the men have learned all about film-making and are now respected and highly successful professionals.
** The film was actually made ''before'' Creator/TomCruise got a reputation as a CloudCuckoolander who you could believe would have no idea he was making ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire''.
** Kit mentions wanting to do an OscarBait movie with him playing a mentally handicapped person since he comments on white actors constantly winning Oscars for that. Nine years later, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, who plays Renfro in this, would star in [[Film/TropicThunder another film]] that featured a white action star doing a blatant OscarBait film where he played a mentally handicapped person, which ended up back-firing horribly and being an in-universe StarDerailingRole for him.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JohnCho as the nightclub cleaner who works with Bowfinger.