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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.)
John Malkovich read the first forty 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.
Frank Moses' birth date in the dossier is revealed as March 19, 1955, which is Bruce Willis' real birth date.
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.
Helen Mirren largely signed on because she wanted to work with Bruce Willis.
In Bulgaria, the film was 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.
Brian Cox and Helen Mirren play a Russian and British spy, respectively. In real life, their ancestry is reversed: Brian Cox is Scottish, and Mirren, though born in England, has Russian ancestry.
Helen Mirren's Victoria was apparently inspired by Martha Stewart's demeanor and perfectionism.
Morgan Freeman's fake 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.
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.
The white gown that Helen Mirren wears at the climax impressed the actress so much she seriously considered wearing it to the Oscars.
As they are looking up the Asian studies book in the New York City library, Frank says "Wo zhu zai Zhongguo ji nian qian", which means I lived in China a few years ago.
Julian McMahon said yes to the film without even reading the script.
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.
In The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Karl Urban plays a Russian and Brian Cox plays an American. In this movie, 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 Scotland, while Urban hails from New Zealand.
John C. Reilly was cast as Marvin Boggs, but dropped out, and was replaced by John Malkovich.
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".
The house used for Cooper's house is the same one used in The Jackal (1997), also starring Bruce Willis.
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.
Bruce Willis and Julian McMahon have been engaged to model and 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.
The black limousine driven by Ivan Simanov (Brian Cox) is a Soviet-era GAZ-M14 "Chaika".
"Love's Savage Secret", the title of the "terrible", "awful" romance novel that Sarah is reading (and loving) seems to be a composite of two romantic fiction novels written by Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) in "Romancing the Stone": "Love's Wicked Kiss" and "The Savage Secret".
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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 first feature theatrical film based on a DC comics property not made by Warner Bros.. (Batman: The Movie (1966) (from 20th Century Fox) was a spin-off from a television series, and Superman (1948) (from Columbia Pictures) was a serial.)
RED is an acronym for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous".
Julian McMahon (Vice President Stanton) is the son of a former Australian Prime Minister.
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.)
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 and Wesson with the designation "mod. 76". It was used by U.S. Special Forces due to its durability under harsh conditions, and it's therefore not unlikely that Marvin has used it as a service weapon.
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.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Cooper".
This film reunites Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman for the second time in twenty years, since co-starring in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) and Lucky Number Slevin (2006).
This is the first time Rebecca Pidgeon has ever held a gun in a movie. She hated the experience.
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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John Malkovich tells Hellen Mirren's character in the kitchen shootout with the Secret Service, "I remember the Secret Service being a lot tougher", a nod to his villainous character in In the Line of Fire (1993).
Ivan calls Victoria "zaichik moya", which means "my bunny" in Russian.
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Bruce Willis' character tells two different people "You should go. You should go now."
Brian Cox also starred in the movie Red (2008).
The musical number being played by the stage band when Brian Cox and Helen Mirren dance (at Vice President Stanton's fund raising event) is the same number played by the country club band in the movie "Caddyshack" prior to Rodney Dangerfield tossing the band members some money.
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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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Ivan Simonov is the Russian SVR "rezident", the Russian equivalent of the CIA station chief. It is extremely unlikely that he would be unknown to the Secret Service and current CIA agents, especially considering that he was known to both Frank Moses (CIA) and to Victoria (MI6) who was ordered to kill him. He would not have been allowed anywhere near the Vice President's fundraiser.
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Brian Cox and Morgan Freeman were in Chain Reaction (1996).
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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 fight scene, because he threw it faster than Willis expected. You can see the slight look of surprise on Willis' face in the scene.
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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