Trivia / Executive Decision

  • Actor Allusion: At the end of the movie, David Grant asks Jean if she likes hockey, and Jean replies, "Hockey? No, I only like baseball." At the time, Halle Berry was married to then-Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice.
  • The Cast Showoff: David Grant is seen taking flight lessons, and is about to go solo. In real-life, Kurt Russell is an FAA licensed pilot holding ratings for several aircraft types.
  • Fake Nationality: English David Suchet plays a Middle-Eastern terrorist.
  • Hostility on the Set: John Leguizamo revealed in his autobiography that he didn't exactly gel with his costars.
    • His frequent improvisation angered Kurt Russell so much, that they got into a shoving match. Leguizamo's improvised line "Hope the smell doesn't give us away." started the fight.
    • Steven Seagal physically attacked him during filming, in an effort to scare the cast and crew. Leguizamo claimed that he had laughed at something that Seagal said, thinking it was a joke, but Seagal proved him wrong by elbowing him against a wall.
    We were in rehearsals. I’m playing his Master Sargeant, and we come in for rehearsals and he says, ‘I’m in command. Everything I say is law. Anybody doesn’t agree?’ I was like, ‘Bwahahaha.’ I started cracking up because he sounded like a retard … He came up and he Taekwondo’ed my ass against the brick wall... He’s six-foot-five and he caught me off guard and knocked all of the air out of me and I was like, ‘Why?! Why?!’ I really wanted to say how big and fat he was and that he runs like a girl, but I didn’t because all I could say was, ‘Why?!’ Why’d he slam me against the wall? We were rehearsing.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Originally Halle Berry refused to be in this movie, but said yes when she was offered one million dollars for the job. This was her first one million dollar payment for a film.
  • Playing Against Type: Kurt Russell was pretty entrenched in the public consciousness as an Action Hero when this came out, which made it surprising for him to be playing a desk-jockey who gets pulled into the adventure.
  • Stunt Casting: Steven Seagal barely has two minutes of screen time before dying with a heroic one liner.
  • Wag the Director: Originally, Travis was to die due to low cabin pressure causing his head to explode. Steven Seagal refused to shoot this scene, for fear his fans wouldn't like it. Stuart Baird insisted he must do it as scripted, though Seagal held up filming for a few days and argued that the scene was not realistic. Finally after threat of contractual breach, Seagal agreed to return to filming, and a new death scene was scripted. Leguizamo recalled, “It was 6am, he was supposed to die… and we shot his death at 8 p.m”.