Had to keep reminding myself this isn't a Charlie Kaufman adaptation.
Did you know: After Will Smith joined the project the studio faced a "massive" casting conundrum. Casting an African American female lead would make the film a "Black Movie" potentially alienating white audiences. While casting a white female lead would make the core romance of the film an interracial relationship, which could also alienate the backwards minds of 2005. To remedy this the studio cast Eva Mendes, a Latina actress, in an effort to offend the smallest group possible. So for some very wrong reasons we got a mainstream Rom Com with two POC leads! Progress? Representation? Yay?