* AwardCategoryFraud: Djimon Hounsou was nominated for Best Supporting Actor while Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was nominated as Lead, despite the fact that the entire story revolves around the former's quest to rescue his son.
* FakeNationality:
** Danny Archer is a South African with a Rhodesian accent played by American Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio.
** Djimon Hounsou is of both Beninese and American nationality and plays a Sierra Leonean fisherman.
** Captain Poison is played by British actor David Harewood.
** Averted with Arnold Vosloo who, for once, plays a South African character, and Jennifer Connelly who is even from New York like her character.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Jack from ''{{Film/Titanic}}'' is Danny, his boss is [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Imhotep]], his contact in the diamond company is TonyBlair from ''Film/TheQueen'', Sarah from ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' is Maddy, and the dad from ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' appears at the beginning and end of the film.
** Or, if you prefer, [[{{Inception}} Cobb]] has given up the dream infiltration business and is chasing diamonds with a distant relative of one the {{Amistad}} slaves. The wife of a [[ABeautifulMind famous mathematician]] is writing a story about them (although she doesn't appear to have aged much since the 1960s), the story involves [[FrostNixon Sir David Frost]]... or is it [[TheDamnedUnited Brian Clough]]?
** Hard to spot behind the grey hair and moustache, but [[TheGodsMustBeCrazy Andrew Steyn]], [[GeniusDitz the good-natured and clumsy-around-women zoologist]], apparently changed his career - and moral alignment - and became a diamond baron.