* ActorAllusion: The part of Dogberry was written for William Kempe, the actor who played Bottom in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', which adds a whole new level to the "I am an ass" rant.
** From the 2012 film: Many long-term Whedon fans are {{squee}}ing over the opportunity for the [[{{Series/Angel}} Fred/Wesley]] romance to finally have a happy ending.
* TheCastShowoff: In Whedon's production, Reed Diamond(Don Pedro) is briefly seen playing blues guitar.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The 1993 film, in which [[Film/HarryPotter Professor Lockhart and Professor Trelawney]] are in a SlapSlapKiss relationship while [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]] works to break up [[Series/{{House}} Wilson]] and [[{{Underworld}} Selene]] while Film/{{Beetlejuice}} [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Denzel Washington]] look on.
** Meanwhile, [[Film/HarryPotter Professor]] [[Characters/HarryPotter Umbridge]] is mistaken for Hero. And in what awesome world did [[Series/MonarchOfTheGlen Hector MacDonald]] become brothers with Creator/BrianBlessed?
** Complete irony: Creator/EmmaThompson and Creator/KennethBranagh were actually married to each other off-screen from 1989 to 1995. So perhaps their casting was a bit of RealLifeWritesThePlot?
*** He also plays opposite to her in both ''Theatre/HenryV'', ''Dead Again'', and ''Look Back in Anger''. And all four films were also directed by him. So it's not so much RealLifeWritesThePlot as it is Real Life Casts the Movies.
*** Hero's nurse was also played by Emma Thompson's mother, so real life does indeed cast these movies. They didn't refer to this lot as the "Brit Pack" for nothing...
** The 2012 film, being directed by Creator/JossWhedon...
*** [[Series/{{Angel}} Fred and Wesley]] are Beatrice and Benedick. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Caleb and Andrew]] also turn up as Dogberry and Verges.
*** Its [[Series/{{Firefly}} Captain Tightpants Dogberry, and Dr Simon Don John]].
*** Or Beatrice and Benedick are [[Series/{{Dollhouse}} Dr Claire Saunders and Senator Daniel Perrin]], while Topher is Claudio and Mr Dominic is Don Pedro.
*** [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD Phil Coulson]] is Leonato, and the waitress is Margaret. Hero was also in the restaurant.
*** [[WebOriginal/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Captain Hammer]] is Dogberry, one of his groupies sings at the party and another groupie is a guest.
*** [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Lin]] is Beatrice, Marty is Claudio and Ronald the Intern is Verges.
*** And a caboodle of Creator/MutantEnemy staff along with friends and family as extras.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The 2011 RSC production starred Creator/DavidTennant [[VitriolicBestBuds and]] Creator/CatherineTate as [[SlapSlapKiss Benedick and Beatrice]]. As always seems to happen when Tate is playing opposite Tennant, SheReallyCanAct ensued.
* NoBudget: Joss Whedon's adaptation, the first of what Whedon hopes will be many "micro-budget" films from his new production company.
* ThrowItIn: The Whedon film experienced a fluke fog bank when it came time to shoot the funeral, resulting in a sequence that looks straight out of an Ingmar Bergman film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Giles]] was going to be Leonato, but he couldn't make the time to film it unfortunately. At least we got Phil Coulson taking his place.