Flaming Dragon was secretly colluding with Les Grossman the whole time.
The prospect of their favorite movie star falling right into their laps meant that they were more than happy to cut a deal with Grossman. It was a win-win situation for both sides--if Speed wasn't rescued, he'd have to reenact Simple Jack for the rest of his life and Grossman got his insurance writeoff, but he was, the movie made huge bucks, and Flaming Dragon got a cut under the table.
- The biggest proof for this is Flaming Dragon's horrible aim in the escape sequence. How the hell did they manage to not even land a single hit on any of the actors? Simple: they weren't shooting at them, or they used blanks.
The self-enforced Method Acting that Kirk Lazarus used turned him into a Fourth Wall Observer.
Lincoln Osiris was never disguised as a Chinese
rice poppylead farmer, but Kurt Lazarus was. Robert Downey Jr. was a dude playing a dude (Kirk Lazarus) disguised as another dude (Chinese farmer), and Kirk Lazarus in his madness slipped up.
Les Grossman's wife is even crazier than he is.
She'd have to be to stay married to him.