- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Matt Damon has played someone choosing to ignore his gifts to work at a construction site.
- Directing Against Type: Clint Eastwood is not known for either ensemble dramas, disaster sequences, or supernatural stories. Screenwriter Peter Morgan is more well known for writing biopics like Frost/Nixon, The Queen, and The Last King of Scotland.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: