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(2008)

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The original script set the story in Madrid, but the producers wanted a more "exotic" location. The fact is revealed in some scenes, like the secret service guy who says they can't locate a single person among "5 or 6 million" (Madrid's population; Salamanca's is much smaller), or when the cop enters a Muslim neighborhood during the foot chase (Madrid has one, Salamanca doesn't).
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The studio originally wanted to shoot the entire film in Salamanca, Spain, but the local government refused to close the Plaza Mayor for nearly 3 months. Production was moved to Cuernavaca and Puebla, Mexico. Only the scenes filmed from the air were shot in Spain.
In order to keep the dozens of video monitors in the TV control booth synchronized properly, the screens were actually greenscreen panels that were replaced in post-production.
In the original script, the tourist was a Russian named Lewicki. When Forest Whitaker auditioned for a different role, Pete Travis was so impressed that he rewrote the tourist as an American and offered the role to him.
The explosion on the Plaza was filmed by fifteen different cameras.
Matthew Fox, Eduardo Noriega, Forest Whitaker and director Pete Travis attended the premiere, held in Salamanca, Spain, on February 12, 2008. City Hall declared them "Distinguished Guests."
When shooting was moved to Mexico, the production design team built a replica of Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, which is slightly smaller than the original.
TV Executive Rex Brooks was originally written as a male. Director Pete Travis changed it to a woman because he felt the movie lacked a strong female character.
In the scene shortly after the assassination attempt, Agent Taylor says to Agent Barnes "But it happened. On our watch." to which Agent Barnes replies "I can't live with that," is a reference to the National Geographic Channel's documentary, "Inside the U.S. Secret Service", in which Agent Larry Cockell--the Agent-in-Charge of President Bill Clinton's protective detail--made a remark about the potential of assassination: "My motto is, 'It won't happen on my watch. It can't happen on my watch, because I can't live with it.'"
The blue car Thomas Barnes is driving is a Chevrolet Astra, which is actually a rebranded Opel Astra. In Spain, a Chevrolet Astra is not available, it should be an Opel Astra.
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Siad and Matthew Fox were both in Lost. And there was a character named Sayid
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The crowds gathered are waving both the Spanish national flag (red/yellow bands adopted since 1981) but also the Castile and Leon flag (castle and lion in quadrants).
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Originally planned for release in October 2007.
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When the bomb goes off, with the aerial view of the plaza, the same smoke effect that covers the view, is the same special effect that is use in Back to the Future III, when the train explodes.
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Finnish censorship visa # 206088 delivered on 10-1-2008.
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French visa # 118779.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

One of the key themes of this film is the way that expectations influence our point-of-view. To emphasize this, some lines were filmed in two different ways, depending on whose POV is being represented, and what the audience has learned about the plot layers. In particular, several of Matthew Fox's scenes were played in two subtly different ways depending on whether we're seeing him as the good guy or we've realized he's a villain.
William Hurt technically plays two different characters in the film: the President; and his double. Hurt deliberately played the two roles differently: the double is a bit stiff, with a very plastic smile; the real President is more relaxed and authentic.
In all, Suarez (the plot mastermind) activated 3 devices remotely via his mobile device in order to trigger the chain of events. The desk fan, sniper rifle, bomb under the podium.
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There were 6 total conspirators who executed the plot (including 2 pawns). Javier was being forced to cooperate since his brother was held hostage as leverage. Javier had special forces training the conspirators needed for the plot. Enrique was romantically linked to Veronica and used his police credentials to sneek a bomb into the event in her bag.
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