- Backed by the Pentagon: Well, by the LAPD in this case. Actual SWAT officers appeared in the opening scenes of the movie, most of them in delivering the hotline between the negotiators and the bank robbers.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Michelle Rodriguez actually avoids her usual fate for once, though Sanchez does get hit in the arm at the climax.
- Fake American: Irish Colin Farrell as American Jim Street.
- Image Source: Spicy Latina uses a shot of Michelle Rodriguez (Chris Sanchez) lounging around on her SWAT gear between takes.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Quite a lot of The Wire alumni show up: Dominick Lombardozzi (Herc in The Wire) makes an appearance as Montel's bodyguard, as does Reg E. Cathy (Norman Wilson in The Wire) as Lieutenant Velasquez. The film was also directed by Clark Johnson, a filmmaker/actor who played Gus Haynes.
- House of Cards (US) viewers might recognize Velasquez as the owner of Frank Underwood's favorite barbecue joint.
- What Could Have Been:
- In early development, the role of Hondo was considered for, among other actors, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Harris, and Tommy Lee Jones.
- Paul Walker could have been Jim Street, but his commitments to the Fast and the Furious franchise kept him from doing so. The role was also considered for Mark Wahlberg.
- For the scene with the Learjet shootout, the Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed for filming. Just by chance, a high speed chase involving a stolen vehicle actually drove through as the cast was rehearsing the scene. At the time, the Learjet was parked on the bridge in such a way that there was just barely enough room for a mid-sized car to fit through, with a few inches of clearance on each side. At first, when the crew was told that a chase was headed their way, they thought it was a joke until they noticed the LAPD and news choppers above them. The crew tried to include the footage they got later from the choppers into the movie, but it didn't work too well.
- The bank robbery used in the opening shootout was an abandoned building scheduled for demolition, so the film crew was allowed to shoot at it, tear it apart and do whatever they wanted to. They also had to get over 500 signatures from residents and businesses for permission to fly the helicopters at low altitudes for the scenes with Gamble, Street and the others being deposited on the roof.
- The officers who deliver the secure phone to the hostage takers in the opening bank robbery sequences were actual LAPD SWAT officers who were on the set as technical advisors, and got a chance to put on their uniforms and do it "for fun".