From DP Jeremy Leach: "I know it may seem like a gag that we created for the Sizzler scene but the meatball taco is real. David really eats them. He sat down and made one completely unprovoked. In that moment, it was obvious to all of us in the crew that he had constructed and consumed many, many, many of these Mexitali specialties in his lifetime. If you can, run, don't walk, to the nearest Sizzler and treat yourself to the meatball taco. It's weird, I know, but it is surprisingly good...and cheap...and all-you-can-eat."
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From DP Jeremy Leach: "As Tony was trying to get to the bottom of what low rider lifestyle was about, as the car idled at a stoplight at an intersection with Cesar Chavez Blvd. in East LA, Estevan turns to Tony and says "Do you really want to feel what it's all about?" Tony says, "Yes, of course". I turned to look at Mo sitting next to me in the back seat not sure what to expect. Estevan slowly reaches for the radio and cranks the volume knob. The bass from a P Funk song starts to pump out of the speakers, shaking the entire car, vibrating the windows. Estevan activates the hydraulics, the red light at the intersection turns green, and we roll through the intersection on three wheels, bouncing to the sounds of George Clinton."
Like that overhead shot? it was a drone! From producer/director Michael Steed: "The overhead shot of the low riders came about organically in the field. The drone- which is basically a heavy duty toy helicopter with multiple blades that a camera is mounted onto- is something our shooters have been wanting to play around with for a long time. Being in LA and having some locals on our crew allowed for this to become a reality. One of the local ACs mentioned that they had some friends that operated a drone and wondered if we had any use for it. The price was right and we had a perfect scene where it made sense to have one so we jumped at the opportunity to play. The three shots you see in the episode are the best shots we managed to get. Its not easy shooting a scene using a drone with a small crew and the time constraints we had but we all had a blast trying."
From producer Diane Schutz: "The "halo-halo" at the Filipino fast food chain Jollibee is this kooky but wonderful dessert concoction. It's as if you took a standard dessert menu (flan, jello, ice cream) -- and just stuck them all in one cup. And added beans, just for the hell of it. Oh -- and sweet potato, because what dessert isn't complete without some ube? I think we were divided on this one -- half the crew loved it, the other half hated it. I was intrigued."
Other locations of Jollibee: Brunei
Philippines (main hub)
United Arab Emirates