** Maybe subverted into an ActorAllusion, as Samir Nazhde is played by French ([[OohMeAccentsSlipping you can hear it]]) -of Tunisian descent- actor Sami Bouajila, and even though he is Palestinian, Haddad suggests to deport him to Tunis (although there are Palestinians all over the Arab world now).
** Played with: the Lebanese-American agent Frank Haddad is played by Tony Shalhoub, who, although born in America, has Lebanese ancestry (his father Joseph was from Lebanon and immigrated to the US when he was 10, and his mother Helen was a second-generation Lebanese-American). His character immigrated to the US from Lebanon though.
* LifeImitatesArt: Three years after the movie came out, 9/11 happened, with many parallels to the film.
* RetroactiveRecognition: That patrol cop at the second bus hostage scene who tells Hubbard that there are kids on the bus? That's Wood Harris, before he became better known as Avon Barksdale in ''Series/TheWire''. And Floyd Rose is played by Lance Reddick, who ''Wire'' fans will better know from playing Cedric Daniels.