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According to the movie's script doctor William Goldman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Harrison Ford passed on the movie. These men would have fit the literary Bob Lee Swagger's age a bit more closely than 'Mark Wahlberg' (born in 1971); Stephen Hunter introduced Swagger as a Vietnam veteran in a 1993 novel taking place in 1992. However, to accommodate Wahlberg's age, this film has Swagger active in Africa in the 1990's instead of Vietnam in the 1970's.
Swagger's name may be a play on the term "SWAG". In sniping terms it stands for "Scientific Wild Ass Guess", a quick calculation made on the fly.
While originally aimed to have a PG-13 rating to attract a wider audience, the producers wanted the film to have an R rating after Mark Wahlberg signed on for the lead.
The large caliber rifle that Swagger owns and is framed with is a Cheyenne Tactical M200 Intervention. It fires a .408 caliber projectile accurately out to and beyond 2000 meters. The CheyTac M200 is also available with a Long Range Rifle System, which consists of a laser range finder, magnifying scope with night vision capability, and a weather-sensing module, all of which interface with a PDA running ballistics calculation software.
The website that Memphis is given a link to in the chat room, precisionremotes.com, is real. It is the website of Precision Remotes, a Richmond, California company that designs and manufactures remote-operated weapon and surveillance platforms, such as the one featured in the film.
During the mountain top confrontation, Swagger kills one of the snipers by shooting the counter-sniper through his rifle scope. This is likely based upon an infamous kill by renowned U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam War.
Athens, Tennessee, the residence of the firearms expert Swagger and Nick visited, was the location of the "Battle of Athens" where in 1946 armed citizens removed the corrupt local government and restored free elections.
The dog featured in the film as Bob Lee Swagger's companion was trained by owner Drew Thompson. The dog's real name is Logan. He is a Bernese Mountain and English Mastiff X. Drew states that "he is easily the smartest dog I have ever trained".
Keanu Reeves was the original choice to play Bob Lee Swagger.
Mark Wahlberg had to lose 20 pounds to give Bob Lee Swagger the slim and ripped look of a field sniper to make the film more realistic.
Swagger's wristwatch is a Suunto Vector, a digital watch made in Finland. Besides telling time, it also has an altimeter, barometer, and digital compass.
Singer Eminem turned down the villain role.
Stephen Hunter, the author on whose novel the film is based, is a Pulitizer Prize winning film critic for the Washington Post.
Swagger sees the last sniper when the sun glints off his binoculars. Carlos Hathcock spotted the sniper sent to kill him when the sun glinted off his scope. Hathcock shot at the glint. His bullet went through the scope and hit the sniper in the eye, which means that Hathcock, like Swagger, was in the other sniper's sights. They shot quicker and lived.
Theatrical trailer features a scene not used in the film where a small jet is blown up via remote control.
The book which Bob Lee Swagger reads in his home is 9/11 Commission Report.
The portraits on the walls in the room where the conspirators meet in Langley, Virginia are all of Republican presidents.
In the scene after Sarah Fenn first talks to Nick Memphis, Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is seen standing outside with a Philadelphia Eagles hat and jacket on. Wahlberg plays for the Eagles in the movie Invincible (2006).
The sudden cut to the Montana Senator shows him firing a shotgun near the camera in hunting gear very similar to Dick Cheney.
The left-wing website zmag.org can be seen on Swagger's laptop while he is reading the 9/11 Commission report. Zmag publishes articles by, amongst other academics, Noam Chomsky.
This was the final film to play the landmark Mann National Theater in Westwood, CA before it closed on April 20, 2007.
Shipped to some theaters under the name "Stars".
This film is the third in which Wahlberg has portrayed a character with a name that's a variation of Robert. The first is The Perfect Storm (2000), in which he portrayed Bobby Shatford, and the third being Four Brothers (2005), in which he portrayed Bobby Mercer.
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FBI Agt. Nick Memphis is saved from a sniper's bullet by concealing a piece of plate iron under his clothing. Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name used the same trick in 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars".
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The FBI agent helping the shooter is wearing a Che Guevara T-Shirt in a scene.
There is a supporting character named Senator Meachum, very similar to the name Edward Meechum, from television series "House of Cards". Kate Mara starred in both "Shooter" and "House of Cards".
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VIN number of vechile used to visit Swaggert is not valid. LMFYU70E4YUA65879
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When Sarah meets with Nick, Bob Lee is wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket. Mark Whalberg played Philadelphia Eagles' Vince Papale the previous year in the movie Invincible.
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Throughout the film Mark Wahlberg changes his eye in which he looks through his scope. Everyone has one dominant eye, this in reality would have made him miss multiple shots depending on which eye he was using.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The ranch shootout scene was scaled back due to the violence. Originally, the scene in which Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) kills a bodyguard with a knife to the throat was scaled back tremendously. Originally, the knife was supposed to exit through his nose, causing blood to spray on Swagger. The scene was cut because the MPAA deemed the scene too brutal.

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