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.
  • Development Hell: The sequel, which now may or may not become a television series instead.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Eliza Dushku's debut role.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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 canceled. James Cameron would later comment "In this day and age, terrorism just isn't funny anymore."
    • The horse chase scene would have had Harry chasing Aziz through the reflecting pool at the Washington Monument, but the National Parks Service refused to allow it.