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* ActorAllusion:
** Kicked off Creator/NicolasCage's "Beige Volvo" trilogy. And then of course Connery's lines about being a [[Film/JamesBond British agent]]. Roger Ebert described the latter as "an in-joke the entire world gets."
** And [[Film/TheAbyss this isn't the first film where Michael Biehn plays the leader of a Navy SEAL team.]]
* CriterionCollection: No, really. With an essay from Creator/RogerEbert no less! [[https://www.criterion.com/films/649-the-rock Check it out.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: Bay was getting quite an amount of studio interference, until Connery [[DefiedTrope told them to just let Bay make the movie the way he wanted]], if they wanted Connery to stay with the film.
* ThrowItIn: Much of Creator/NicolasCage's dialogue was ad-libbed (including the "Zeus's butthole" line, which Creator/MichaelBay wanted to cut but Cage insisted on having).
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