Trivia / True Lies

  • Actor Allusion:
    • "I married Rambo!" Schwarzenegger and Stallone tease each other in their movies.
    • Jamie Lee Curtis playing a prostitute... why does that sound familiar?
    • In one scene, Gib mentions an incident where he came home to find that his ex-wife had left him and taken everything from their home, including the ice cube trays in the freezer. This is based on an incident that really happened when Tom Arnold split with his ex-wife, Roseanne Barr. Which makes his next line, "What kind of sick bitch takes the ice cube trays out of the freezer?" a Take That!.
  • Career Resurrection: This gave Arnold Schwarzenegger a much-needed hit after the high-profile flop Last Action Hero.
  • Development Hell:
    • The sequel, which now may or may not become a television series instead.
    • If you live in America, this is the case for the Blu-ray. The film was released on VHS and DVD, but the former was full-screen (common for VHS), and the latter was a non-anamorphic release with zero special features. There have been rumors of a Blu-ray re-release for a decade, but so far nothing has come of it.
  • Fake Nationality: Art Malik, who plays Aziz, is a Pakistani-born British actor, Faisil is played by American-Jewish actor Grant Heslov, and of course Arnold trying to pass off as an American with the surname "Tasker" takes a little bit of Willing Suspension of Disbelief. However, that last one can be explained away: Tasker is actually German or Austrian, and has taken on the persona as part of his cover. During the truth serum scene, the more the serum influences Harry, the thicker his accent gets.
  • Reality Subtext: James Cameron was going through a divorce around the same time as filming this movie. This may explain the premise as well as some of the cringe-inducing dialogue.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Art Malik took the role of Aziz because he had been out of work for 14 months and owed a considerable amount of money to the Inland Revenue.
  • Stillborn Franchise: A sequel was in the works that would have reunited all the main cast members, but the 9/11 attacks put the sequel on hold and it was eventually cancelled. James Cameron would later comment
    "In this day and age, terrorism just isn't funny anymore."
  • Throw It In:
    • Word of God says that Curtis's slip and fall during the stripper dance wasn't scripted, and you can even see Arnold jumping out of the chair to see if she's alright. She instead got right back up and continued the dance, so Arnold sits back down quickly. Luckily, all of this is perfectly in character (Harry would obviously be concerned about his wife, and then hastily attempt to maintain The Masquerade when the show goes on) and it ends up as one of the funniest scenes of the movie.
    • Arnold broke the wrong window in the confrontation scene between himself and Tom Arnold. So yeah, that's Da Governator's fist shattering a real car window as if it were made with Soft Glass.
  • What Could Have Been: