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Trivia / Cool Runnings

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  • California Doubling: Averted. The movie was really filmed in both Jamaica and Calgary. They even used the same bobsled track which was used at the 1988 Winter Olympics, which is how they could seamlessly cut in Stock Footage of the real Jamaican bobsled team.
  • Colbert Bump: Thanks to the everlasting popularity this movie has, the real Jamaican bobsled teams always get a nice share of exposure every time they qualify for the Olympics.
  • Completely Different Title: According to Google Translate, foreign titles translate as Rasta Rockett (France), The Apprentice Champions, Jamaica Below Zero (Portugal, Israel and Latin America), Reggae on Ice (Poland), Running Below Zero, Coconuts on Ice (Czech Republic) and Ice Trek.
    • The Russian title of the film is Cool Turns/Banks (although the Russian word for the slang "cool" can also literally mean "sharp", which works too).
  • Doing It for the Art: John Candy lobbied hard for his role in this film and even took a pay cut to help keep the budget down.
  • Fake Nationality: The four Jamaican bobsledders are all played by American actors. Meanwhile, Canadian John Candy plays American Irv Blitzer, while fellow Canadian Peter Outerbridge plays East German Josef Grool.
  • Playing Against Type: Singer-actor Leon, who in his cinema acting career had played a Scary Black Man in action films such as Band of the Hand (opposite Laurence Fishburne) and Cliffhanger (which was released on the same year this film was released), plays a friendly lead character who wouldn't harm a fly and stated himself to be "not a boxer," as he quoted early in the film (which is ironic as Leon's previous action roles involves pulling punches, especially exhibited in his past character's Curb-Stomp Battle against Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger). Instead, the Scary Black Man role is held by character Yul Brenner (Malik Yoba) in this film.
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  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Despite what the movie implies, Jamaica was not the first tropical country to compete in the Winter Olympics; that would be Mexico way back in 1928. The idea of Jamaicans in Canada isn't a stretch either. Canada has a huge Caribbean population, to the extent that one in three Black Canadians are of Caribbean descent, with a majority of immigrants and their descendants being from Jamaica (except Quebec, whose Caribbean community is predominantly Haitian for obvious reasons).

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