* AwardCategoryFraud: Creator/DjimonHounsou 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.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Most of the film was shot in South Africa and Mozambique.
** Danny Archer is a South African with a Rhodesian accent played by American Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio.
** Creator/DjimonHounsou is of both Beninese and American nationality and plays a Sierra Leonean fisherman.
** Captain Poison is played by British actor of Barbadian descent David Harewood.
** Averted with Creator/ArnoldVosloo who, for once, plays a South African character, and Creator/JenniferConnelly who is even from New York like her character.
* FollowTheLeader: This was one of a couple of films about modern conflict in Africa released after the success of ''Film/BlackHawkDown''.