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John Malkovich read the first 40 pages of the script and liked it. But he asked his agent why he was up for the role of Frank. He said Malkovich had been reading the wrong lines. He was up for Marvin's role instead.
The purse Victoria uses as a weapon was Helen Mirren's own purse. It was given to her as a gift from Giorgio Armani. Since it went so well with the dress she was wearing, and the purse was part of the script, she asked if she could use it. The producers said yes.
While filming in Toronto, the police received several phone calls reporting machine gun fire after local residents mistook the movie's gunshot effects for the real thing.
Frank Moses' birth date in the dossier is revealed as 19 March 1955, which is Bruce Willis' real birth date.
Helen Mirren had to learn how to shoot a gun without blinking so as to look more like an experienced killer. (Blinking was one of the main reasons why the stars in the Matrix trilogy wore sunglasses to mask their involuntary reactions.)
In Bulgaria the film is distributed under the title BSP (Besni Strashni Pensii - which means Furious Frightful Pensioners). But BSP is also a mock title referring to the abbreviation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). Its political color is red and its voters are mainly elder and retired people - just like the REDs.
Helen Mirren's Victoria was apparently inspired by Martha Stewart's demeanor and perfectionism.
Brian Cox and Helen Mirren play a Russian and British spy, respectively. In real life, their ancestry is reversed: Brian Cox is British and Mirren, though born in England, has Russian ancestry.
Helen Mirren largely signed on because she wanted to work with Bruce Willis.
Morgan Freeman's faux-African dictator character is driven in a Mercedes 600 Pullman limousine, a favorite of world leaders including many developing-world/Communist-regime dictators such as Nicolae Ceausescu, Josip Broz-Tito, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Enver Hoxha, Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-il, Idi Amin and Ferdinand Marcos.
The white gown that Helen Mirren wears at the climax impressed the actress so much she seriously considered wearing it to the Oscars.
In the scene where Victoria is removing the bullet from Frank's arm, you can see a bottle of Sobieski's Vodka from Poland, which is promoted by Bruce Willis.
As the script came together, it became obvious to all those involved in the production that the only person who should play the lead was Bruce Willis.
Julian McMahon said yes to the film without even reading the script.
In 'The Bourne Supremacy (2004)', Karl Urban plays a Russian and Brian Cox plays an American. In Red, this is reversed, with Cox playing a Russian and Urban playing an American. However, neither of these two actors hail from either of these countries, as Cox hails from Great Britain, while Urban hails from New Zealand.
Victoria gets into Stanton's event with an invitation apparently bearing a pseudonym. An early draft of the script indicates that the line originally had the name as "Ms. Smith", but in the scene as shot, the woman at the entrance addresses her as "Ms. Brown". After the death of her husband, Britain's Queen Victoria was said to have become romantically involved with one of her servants, and slanderous rumors circulated that she had even secretly married him. His name was John Brown; thus, those spreading the rumor derided Victoria as "Mrs. Brown".
Both Bruce Willis and Julian McMahon have been engaged to model/actress Brooke Burns. McMahon and Burns were later married from 1999-2001, while Willis and Burns were engaged for part of 2003-2004 but were never married.
John C. Reilly was cast as Marvin Boggs, but dropped out and was replaced by John Malkovich.
Meryl Streep was considered for the role of Victoria.
The cap badge on Morgan Freeman's African Dictator uniform is a Canadian Armed Forces Air Command Badge.
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The first feature theatrical film based on a DC comics property not made by Warner Bros.. (Batman: The Movie (1966) (from Fox) was a spin-off from a TV series, and Superman (1948) (from Columbia) was a serial.)
The black limousine driven by Ivan Simanov (Brian Cox) is a Soviet-era GAZ-M14 "Chaika".
This film reunites Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman for the second time in 20 years since co-starring in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). The other film they appeared in was Lucky Number Slevin (2006).
The actor playing Vice President Stanton, 'Julian McMahon', is the son of a former Australian Prime Minister.
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RED is an acronym for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous".
This is the first time Rebecca Pidgeon has ever held a gun in a movie. She hated the experience.
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Cooper".
The business jet shown in the movie is Dassault Falcon 900EX. Registration number N900EX is used by Dassault as a corporate number and it was canceled after the aircraft was sold to a client.
When entering Frank's weapon container, Marvin picks up a submachine gun and comments that it's a "Swedish K". The weapon is a Kpist m/45, used by the Swedish military up until 2007. It was also made under license by Smith & Wesson with the designation "mod. 76". It was used by US Special Forces due to its durability under harsh conditions and it's therefore not unlikely that Marvin has used it as a service weapon.
At the time of filming, the four main leads all had a combined age of 257. (Make that 350 if you add in Ernest Borgnine.)
Bruce Willis' character tells two different people "You should go. You should go now."
Brian Cox also starred in the movie Red (2008).
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Ernest Borgnine; and one Oscar nominee: John Malkovich.
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The previous year, Bruce Willis had also appeared in an adaptation of a relatively obscure comic book - Surrogates (2009).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Karl Urban nicked Bruce Willis with the cup he throws at him in their fistfight scene because he threw it faster than Willis expected. You can see the slight look of surprise on Willis's face in the scene.
In Frank's safe box that he digs up, the top passport is a South African passport. The wet team that tries to kill Frank are South African.
The CIA operative posing as a police officer is named Endercott. Former CIA agent Robert Baer, who served as a consultant for the film, was initially given the cover name Endacott when he became a CIA agent. (From his book, See No Evil)
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