Trivia / Zero Dark Thirty

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Approval of God: In an interview with Esquire Magazine, the purported then-anonymous shooternote  of Bin Laden had complaints about several technical details of the raid but praised the film for its depiction of Maya, saying it showed her as the tough lady that she really is.
  • Banned in China: The Pakistani government is not happy about their portrayal in this movie. Officially, no one in the country has seen it.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Some have quoted Maya as saying "I'm the motherfucker who found Bin Laden" when she instead says "I'm the motherfucker who found this place".
  • Dueling Movies: With Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, made for The National Geographic channel.
  • Fake American: Joel Edgerton (Patrick) and Jason Clarke (Dan) are Australians playing Americans. Clarke in particular does a flawless accent. Mark Strong (British) and John Barrowman (Scottish born but American-raised) also play CIA Agents.
  • Real-Life Relative: Joel Edgerton's brother, Nash, plays another member of SEAL Team Six.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Initially focusing on an unsuccessful attempt to kill Osama bin Laden, the film was rewritten upon his death.
    • Rooney Mara was attached to the Maya role, but later turned it down due to the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo press tour.
    • Tom Hardy was supposed to play Mark Strong's role, but dropped out due to similar scheduling conflicts.

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