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* FakeNationality:
** Maybe subverted into an ActorAllusion, as Samir Nazhde is played by French ([[OohMeAccentsSlipping you can hear it]]) of Tunisian descent Sami Bouajila, and even though he is Palestinian, Haddad suggests to deport him to Tunis (although there are Palestinians all over the Arab world now).
** Played with: the Lebanese-American agent Frank Haddad is played by Tony Shalhoub, who, although born in America, has Lebanese ancestry (his father Joseph was from Lebanon and immigrated to the US when he was 10, and his mother Helen was a second-generation Lebanese-American).
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** It's [[Film/AmericanGangster Frank Lucas]] leading an FBI counterterrorism unit. Among his agents are [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]], [[Series/TheSopranos Richie Aprile]], [[Series/TheWire Cedric Daniels]], and [[Series/BostonLegal Brad Chase]].
** [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] is a US Army General
** A person of interest is Khalil, who is played by ''Series/TheDailyShow'' correspondent Aasif Mandvi.
** [[Film/AmericanBeauty Carolyn Burnham]], aka [[Film/TheAmericanPresident Sydney Ellen Wade]], is a CIA agent
* LifeImitatesArt: Three years after the movie came out, 9/11 happened, with many parallels to the film.
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