- Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Fresh off the boat) was going to direct a buddy comedy produced by Elizabeth Banks, but it was put on hold;
- Randall Park and Ali Wong had a script in need of a director and Khan was their first choice;
- Wong and Park drew from their own upbringings, from their real-life friendship, and from two rom-com for inspiration: When Harry Met Sally and Boomerang;
- The film is a portrait of contemporary middle-class Asian America wrapped in a conventional, mainstream rom-com;
- The characters aren’t defined by being Asian; Wong says: “It’s our reality, and we’re not going to take time to explain it”;
- About Keanu casting: “We thought, Who would be Marcus’s worst nightmare? It should be an Asian American icon who’s a great actor and who’s funny but also willing to make fun of himself,” Wong said. “[Keanu] was flattered that we remembered he was Asian American”; Khan did a similar thing with James Van Der Beek on Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (actors making fun of themselves).
Source 1, source 2
Too late for a discussion post?