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Actor Allusion: Marvin comments to Victoria that he remembers the Secret Service being tougher. John Malkovich, who played Marvin, also played the would-be presidential assassin Mitch Leary in the movie .
In the Line of Fire All-Star Cast: One of the best and most impressive of that year, only surpassed by that of and The Expendables .
Inception Awesome, Dear Boy: Helen Mirren loved working on Red so much, thanks to the action-heavy role she had in the film, that she has said "I'm there!" to any planned sequel.
Warren Ellis agrees. Saying that despite minimal input on the loosely-adapted film, getting to write something that led to Helen Mirren with an M60 is a career highlight.
Hey, It's That Guy!: Probably the most radical example out there: The Queen is a beast with firearms.
In Name Only: Although Warren Ellis admits they couldn't have directly adapted the comic into anything more than an hour.
What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Both movies run heavily on this trope, with aging, serious, Academy Award nominated/winning actors like John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins kicking ass in action-comedies.