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Trivia: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Arnold Vosloo as Zartan, a master of disguise. Also after the attack on the Pit, Zartan strolling off wearing mid-eastern garb could easily be a callback to another of his stand-out roles.
    • Also, McCullen was "regenerated" into Destro.
    • It's worth noting that the Big Bad goes by 'the Doctor' before being outed as Cobra Commander.
    • Storm Shadow puts his swords together into a double-sided staff thing when fighting Snake Eyes at the end. Snake Eyes is played by Ray Park, who did Darth Maul, who was armed with a double-sided lightsabre staff.
  • Author Appeal
    • Stephen Sommers certainly seems to enjoy filming two women beating the stuffing out of each other...
    • Stephen Sommers claimed that the MARS base was set underwater as a homage to his favorite film, Thunderball.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on to the film as soon as he saw the concept art for his Cobra Commander look, with his reaction being "I'm going to wear THAT?!"
  • Backed by the Pentagon: The Army provided an Apache helicopter and extras for the opening fight.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: There are still people that saw this film wondering who "G.I. Joe" was.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Sienna Miller (Baroness) is actually blonde, and Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) is a brunette. Although we do see Miller Pre-Baroness with blonde hair.
  • Fake American
    • The President of the United States is British. If you've played Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, he's particularly eyebrow-raising.
    • Try the Baroness (Sienna Miller was born in NYC, but raised in England). Which is pretty damn funny, given the character's origins in the comics.
    • Snake Eyes is played by a Scot (though not only he's The Voiceless, but his young version in the flashback is American).
  • Fake Nationality: Given Interchangeable Asian Cultures, the Japanese Storm Shadow is played by a Korean as an adult, and an American of Chinese descent as a teen.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
  • Money, Dear Boy: Presumably why Christopher Eccleston decided to take part in this film, in addition to just having fun.
  • Old Shame: For Sienna Miller, at least. Given only three cast members out of a large ensemble returned for the sequel, it's a safe bet she's not alone in this.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation
    • Cobra Commander was given a new look because of the fact that Sommers thought that giving him a hood (or even a ski mask) would make viewers think KKK member when they saw him. Nor would they justify a form-fitting, featureless steel face-mask, since they wanted Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face to be at least partly visible.
    • Similarly, GI Joe becoming an international task force was done due to Paramount/Sommer wanting a high overseas box office pull for the film and thinking an all-US team of soldiers would not sell tickets outside North America.
    • Though, both of these plot elements (Cobra Commander's face-mask and GI Joe being an American military team) are brought back for the sequel.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Marlon Wayans is an admitted fan.
  • Race Lift: Ripcord is white in the original series. Breaker was a white southerner in the original Marvel comic run. Heavy Duty was still black but from Chicago, not London.
  • Stan Winston: The effects team behind the accelerator suits.
  • Throw It In: Ripcord's helmet flashing holographic pictures of Scarlett. Originally, he was meant to be responding to the amount a virtual controls showing up in the HUD, but when it got to actually including the display in the visual effects department, they thought it'd be more amusing if it had her face popping up.
  • What Could Have Been: Rapper Common was offered the role of Heavy Duty's cousin Roadblock, but film screenwriter, Stuart Beattie, chose Heavy Duty instead.
  • Word of Dante: Brendan Fraser has said he thinks of his character, Sgt. Stone, as the descendant of Rick O'Connell.

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