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Tom Cruise is a qualified pilot. He did all of his own flying scenes during filming.
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Crew members experienced a tragic event on the last day of filming. On September 11, 2015, stunt pilot Alan D. Purwin and his Venezuelan co-pilot, Carlos Berl, were killed when their small, twin-engine Aerostar plane crashed during foggy conditions in the Andes, near Medellin, Colombia. The pilots had just finished their work on the film prior to the crash, which left a sole survivor, Jimmy Lee Garland, who suffered serious injury. Ten minutes before the fatal crash, Tom Cruise had been aboard a helicopter taking the same route in similar weather conditions as the ill-fated flight.
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Barry Seal looked nothing like Tom Cruise. He was a big heavy-set guy nicknamed "El Gordo" by members of the Medellin Cartel, which translates to "the fat one".
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The man Barry speaks to in the hallway of the White House, Connor Trinneer, is George W. Bush, the son of then-Vice President George H. W. Bush. He mentions he flew with the Air National Guard from 1968-74.
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JB, Barry Seal's wife's brother, is a fictional character. The real Barry Seal had no such brother-in-law.
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Doug Liman has described the film as "a fun lie based on a true story."
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The film's script was featured on the 2014 Black List of the most liked unproduced film scripts.
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The airplane that Barry Seal was flying throughout most of the movie (officially registered N164HH, and appeared with this registration in the movie), crashed on 11 Sept. 2015 on the last day of filming, causing 2 fatalities.
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Tom Cruise, director Doug Liman and writer Gary Spinelli lived together in the house that was used for filming. They all did daily chores and Cruise obtained a separate section of the refrigerator because he didn't want his food contaminated by Liman's "junk."
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Doug Liman has acknowledged that the film's zero-gravity love scene was his idea, and that he received the inspiration for it after he and Tom Cruise collided in the cockpit while filming a flight scene.
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Mauricio Mejía, who plays Pablo Escóbar, appears in two seasons of the television series Narcos (2015), also about the Colombian cocaine cartels, as a Colombian soldier, Castaño.
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Tom Cruise's first R-rated film since Tropic Thunder (2008).
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In order to learn how to properly crash a plane, Tom Cruise trained with four different planes, all of which he drove to the ground to know what it feels like. The crash that can be seen on the film was expertly driven by him.
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The families of pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl sued the producers for the deaths of the two pilots on the last day of filming, alleging negligence on the part of the filmmakers. Both families also sued each other and the surviving pilot, Jimmy Lee Garland.
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Since August 24th, Tom Cruise was seen filming on location in Medellín, Colombia, and also on other Colombian towns that were real places where Barry Seal had to move when he was a pilot for the Medellin Cartel.
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Five U.S. Presidents are characterized, mentioned or have appeared in this movie: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
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Unusually, there is no "in memory" or other dedication to the two crew who were killed on the last day of filming and were responsible for the dynamic aerial filming sequences.
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Sarah Wright, who plays Seal's wife, is in fact 21 years younger than Tom Cruise.
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The small town of Ball Ground, Georgia, was transformed into the real town of Mena, Arkansas for this movie. This is the largest event of a public nature and this type of grand exposure to occur in Ball Ground's history.
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Despite the presence of cocaine in the film, none of the characters are seen consuming it.
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Ron Howard was considered to direct but lost to Doug Liman.
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This began shooting under the title "Mena".
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This film is the second collaboration between Tom Cruise and Edge of Tomorrow (2014) director Doug Liman.
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This is Tom Cruise's third biographical film, after Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Valkyrie (2008).
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The film went back into production in 2016 for additional photography and 2017 for reshoots.
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Dennis Hopper also played Barry Seal in an HBO film from the early 90's called Doublecrossed.
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The real chef and owner of Les Bon Temps Louisiana Grill, Adam (featured in downtown Mena/Ball Ground), cooked the meal for the dinner at the Sheriff's house.
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Mauricio Mejía, the Colombian actor who portrays 'Pablo Escobar' in this film, also played the Escobar in his beginnings, on the first episode of the Mega-Production of Caracol Televisión and Telemundo Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012).
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During the shooting on location the crew from American Made and the crew from the Netflix show Narcos kept bumping into each other, to the surprise of Cruise, who hadn't heard of the show but promised he would watch it.
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Tom Cruise has previously co-starred with Brendan Gleeson in Far and Away (1992), Mission: Impossible II (2000), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). His son, Domhnall Gleeson, co-stars with Tom Cruise in American Made.
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Third time since 2012, when Tom Cruise starred in 2 leading roles in 1 year, Rock of Ages (2012) and Jack Reacher (2012). First time was in 1999, when he starred in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Magnolia (1999), the third time is this film & The Mummy (2017).
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The film was shown in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio for its European theatrical run.
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This was Doug Liman's third film to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio since Swingers (1996).
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The project was announced on January 14, 2015.
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The second of two films starring Tom Cruise to be released in 2017 beginning with The Mummy (2017). Both films are from Universal Pictures.
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First collaboration between Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright.
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Second film between Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, after Rush (2013).
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In one of the trailers Tom Cruise is ordered to land his plane. He is also ordered to land his plane in the opening scene of Top Gun (1986).
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Caleb Landry Jones and Jed Rees have starred in the "X-Men" films, Caleb Landry Jones in X-Men: First Class and Jed Rees in Deadpool
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Features the Iran-Contra affair senate hearings where Arthur L. Liman, father of director Doug Liman, served as chief counsel.
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When the Arkansas State Attorney General receives a call from the Governor that leads to Seal's release from custody, she answers "hello Bill". Bill Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1992.
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February 19th, 1986: Barry Seal was subsequently killed in his car by 3 Colombian Hitmen sent by Pablo Escobar at The Salvation Army.
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Body count: 2.
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