Trivia / 2012

  • Banned in China: Banned in North Korea, because 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of First Great Leader Kim Il-Sung.
  • Fake American:
    • Thandie Newton (British) as President Danny Glover's daughter.
    • Chiwetel Ejiofor (also British) as Adrian.
  • Fake Russian: Zlatko Buric (Croatian/Danish) as Yuri Karpov, Johann Urb (Estonian-American) as Sasha and Beatrice Rosen (French-American) as Tamara. Also, Zinaid Memisevic (Bosnian) as Sergey Karpenko (Russian president). His interpreter, played by Igor Morozov, is the only "true" Russian in the movie.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This clearly couldn't have been made after December 21st, 2012.
  • Tuckerization: The lead character is called Jackson Curtis because Roland Emmerich is a huge fan of 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) and wanted to name him after him.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Roland Emmerich wanted to show the destruction of the Kaaba in Mecca. Producers opposed this, not wanting to offend radical Muslims.
    • Gerard Butler was in the running for the role of Jackson but had to turn it down. Seth Rogen also turned down the role of Adrian.
    • Scenes were filmed showing Harry, Adrian's father surviving the tsunami - the cruise ship having merely run aground. Also Jackson would have gotten fed up with Anheuser and punched him. Both are included as extras on the DVD.

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