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(2007)

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The first gun Smith uses is a Walther PPK, the usual gun of James Bond. The gun jams on him, and he calls it a "piece of crap." This is an in-joke to the fact that Clive Owen was once considered for the role of James Bond (the role eventually went to Daniel Craig).
"Baby Oliver" was cast before he was even born. The producers chose a woman who was pregnant with twin boys who would deliver about the time filming began so the baby would genuinely be a newborn baby, as his character is.
The actress who gets spanked by Mr Smith because he sees her spanking her child was very excited about the prospect of being spanked by Clive Owen.
Hertz's joke ("Why is a gun better than a wife? Because you can put a silencer on a gun.") was lifted by Michael Davis from an NRA website with a jokes section.
Monica Bellucci - who speaks multiple languages - dubbed her own voice for the Italian and the French prints of the film.
One of the rules that Michael Davis observed was that there would be no explosions. Every scene had to be gun-centric.
Body Count: 151
In the beginning of the movie, during the rooftop scene, where Clive Owen's character shoots the neon sign to spell out "fuk u", he says "Fuck you, you fucking fucks." That line is taken from the lyrics of the Strapping Young Lad song "You Suck". The band later appears in a music video, on a television.
When writer/director Michael Davis found his original concept was being continually passed over by the movie studios, he put together a 17 minute reel of animated footage, consisting of 17,000 line drawings with the title card: "This is John Woo's wet dream".
Paul Giamatti's first experience of handling a firearm. Both he and Clive Owen attended a gun school to familiarize themselves with how to handle various weapons.
Reportedly, 15 gallons of fake blood were used.
For the skydiving scenes (which were shot against green screen), Clive Owen essentially spent four 9 hour days strapped into a Cirque du Soleil harness up in the air.
Director Michael Davis and Paul Giamatti had a lot of fun deciding on the look of Giamatti's character, eventually settling on a bad comb over and a slightly lopsided goatee, indicating how sloppy the character could be in some areas. Unfortunately for Giamatti, he made 'Shoot 'Em Up' during the 2005 Oscar season when his film Cinderella Man (2005) was heavily in play, and Giamatti had to attend all the major awards functions looking slightly dishevelled.
The cellphone ringtone that Hertz uses for his wife is 'Ride of the Valkyries' by Richard Wagner. A subtle indication of the nature of their relationship.
Mr. Smith uses a total of 18 guns.
Michael Davis's inspiration was Yun-Fat Chow's baby-saving scene in John Woo's Hard Boiled (1992).
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5 "babies" were used to for the infant in the film. 3 of them were real stunt babies, the other 2 were prosthetic devices. The latter sported guide markings on their face so that the CG artists could map a real baby's face onto the artificial one in the more frenetic action scenes.
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The budget for squibs alone was $70,000. On average, you can get 50 squibs for $1,000.
In Children of Men (2006), Clive Owen's character also delivers a baby in an awkward situation.
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There are several references to Warner Bros. animated cartoons throughout the film. Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) is wise cracking and eats carrots like Bugs Bunny, whilst Hertz (Paul Giamatti) hunts him like a darker Elmer Fudd (note the similar facial structure). Also, Hertz's cellphone plays Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", which was parodied in the cartoon What's Opera, Doc? (1957) as "Kill the Wabbit".
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Over 200 different guns were used in the film, some of which were created specially.
According to the "Making of" featurettes included on the DVD, Hertz's first name is Karl.
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Shot over a period of 55 days.
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The pin Hertz wears on his coat is a symbol of the Freemasons.
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The music video that Mr. Smith and DQ are watching (and noting the baby's reaction to it) is "Zen" by 'Strapping Young Lad'.
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Clive Owen was director Michael Davis's first choice for the lead.
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Throughout the movie, Mr. Smith is often seen munching on a carrot. This is probably referencing the old wives' tale that eating carrots improves eyesight and thereby improves one's shooting accuracy.
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The bus that Donna and Smith leave town on says its destination is "wherever".
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On the show Mythbusters they tested whether shooting a merry-go-round would cause it to spin like in the film. It proved impossible to spin it with a handgun. Only a much more powerful rifle could cause it to spin, and then only very slowly and with repeated shots rather than quickly with only 1-2 shots as in the film.
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When Smith throws an SMG as a distraction at the warehouse, it flies by a sign reading "1058 days without an accident." The gunfire blasts away the numbers, leaving only "0."
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Both of the cars Smith drives in the film are BMWs, another reference to Clive Owen's previous role as "The Driver" in the BMW film series.
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Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti have both been nominated for an Academy Award.
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Nick Chinlund lobbied hard for the part of Hertz.
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After he misses a shot at the playground, Paul Giamatti's character says "fuck me sideways". Giamatti was one of the lead actors in Sideways (2004).
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When the villain receives phone calls from his harridan wife, the special ring tone is Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries". This piece of music was also prominently used in the BMW commercial Star (2001), in which Clive Owen (Mr. Smith) plays The Driver.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Monica Bellucci's character is Donna Quintano, so her initials are "DQ". When she leaves with the baby, Smith tells her not to tell him where she'll get off the bus. He tracks her down to a "Dream Queen," a stand-in for the "Dairy Queen" or "DQ" fast food chain, as well as a play on her character being a specialized lactating prostitute.
For the closing scenes, in which Clive Owen's character had all his fingers broken, Owen was essentially wearing a prosthetic glove with engorged fingers at grotesque angles.

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